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The School of Rural Skills

The School of Rural Skills

Business is Growing at An Creagán!

An Creagán is embarking on a new venture which will take the grow-your-own movement one step further. The School of Rural Skills aims to provide local people with the resources and skills to breathe life in to some old country crafts with the assistance of funding from Village SOS. Village SOS is a partnership between the Big Lottery Fund and the BBC that aims to help rural villages across the UK, many of which face challenges including declining local amenities, rural isolation and lack of employment opportunities. Local participation is key to the sustainability of the project and enabling it to become a true social economy.

A patch of once derelict land has been rejuvenated and is in the process of being turned into a functioning smallholding and woodland coppice. Participants will be able to gain skills such as growing your own wicker basket - from planting and harvesting the sally rods to weaving the finished basket and finding a market for the product. Or if you prefer to make your own jam, you can learn about the care and maintenance of a soft fruit garden, harvesting the produce and putting it out for sale. Other sellable crops will include culinary herbs, trees and shrubs, heritage vegetable seed and coppice products such as hazel and willow rods. As well as creating goods for market people can gain valuable skills in some sought after rural traditions such as coppicing, woodland management, soil preparation and hedge-laying. 

While the basic growing plots are currently being laid out, we welcome new creative input and participation from members of the public to make it a thriving community project.

If you would like to find out more about upcoming workshops or to register as a volunteer contact An Creagán on 028 8076 1112 or email