Learning and courses



The Wychwood Project runs lots of events from Drystone Walling courses, Learning walks, Volunteer parties, Scout movement events to Parents and Toddler groups. 

We support local interest groups such as Bird Aid, Flora Group, Walling Group, Scything Group, Hedgelaying Group, Learning Group, Swift Group; providing equipment, clothing and training if required.


Wednesday 17th March 2021 Drystone walling for beginners (postponed from 18th November 2020). 

Ever wondered how to make a drystone wall, iconic in the Cotswolds? Why not learn! Join us at Foxburrow Wood for a beginners' course on drystone walling with an experienced local drystone waller. On this course you will learn about: stripping down a wall, grading and sorting stone, base stones, building stones, throughs and toppers. Using local oolitic limestone and local methods, you will gain experience with the tools and techniques necessary to build a drystone wall in the Cotwsold style.

All tools and equipment will be provided.

The course is held at Foxburrow Wood, Witney 9.30 - 4.30.  We will meet in the carpark off Foxburrow Lane, Witney,  OX29 9XL. (post code not precise as the site doesn't have a postal address! It gets you to Foxburrow Lane though.)

There are NO loos on site.  There are bushes.

What to bring

Suitable clothing for any weather

Food and drink

Gloves and strong boots

The course will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm at Foxburrow Wood, and costs £60 per participant. Find out more and book here


Saturday 20th February 2021: Hedgelaying (postponed from 21st November 2020)

Learn the rural craft of hedgelaying while creating habitats for birds, mammals and insects. Work with an experienced local hedgelayer to continue our hedgelaying project at Foxburrow wood. No experience necessary, all tools and equipment will be provided. Tuition will include: tool use, preparing the hedge, laying, staking and binding. Bring gloves if you have them, plus stout boots and suitable clothes. Due to Covid-19 we are unable to provide food and drink, so please bring your own. There will be a portable loo on site. Booking is essential, £60 per person. Maximum 8 places. Course will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm. Contact on the day: Toby Swift, 07981 134804. 

Book now!



See our Volunteering page for regular outdoor work parties that you can get involved with. If you are interested in joining a special interest group such as hedgelayers, drystone wallers and Bird Aid, see 'Our Work' page for more information or contact us on 07584 262437  or email info@wychwoodproject.org.uk