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Abberton Rural Training is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), Registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales

Registration Number: 1169247, UK PRN: 10053247, Tel: 01787 228269, Fax: 01376 573524 (RCCE Office)

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Abberton Rural Training is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, (CIO), working in partnership with the Rural Community Council of Essex (RCCE), which together with additional partners including Essex County Council, Colchester Borough Council, Maldon District Council, Department of Work and Pensions (DwP), NatWest Bank, Essex Wildlife Trust , Essex & Suffolk Water and Wormingford Community Education Centre (WCEC) provides skills to communities to meet the economic, social and environmental needs of the people that live in Rural Essex through training.

Based at the old primary school at Wormingford (St. Andrews), in conjunction with Wormingford Community Education Centre, we are making use of a building which has been largely unused for a number of years, to provide training opportunities in a beautiful part of the world.  The Dedham Vale and Stour Valley is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) with beautiful footpaths and trails surrounding us here.  

We are keen to further expand our courses at the new site, and are delighted to be able to link with new local organisations, including the parish council, the AONB society, and other wildlife and environmental groups, and are looking at a variety of course opportunities to further develop traditional rural skills in the local area.

Our Skills Programme continues with the support of the Department of Work and Pensions (DwP) and Essex County Council Adult Community Learning, to provide training in Horticulture, Woodland and Land Studies, Environment and Conservation, Carpentry and Mixed trades construction, together with food and nutrition.  

We look at all aspects of the food chain - from soil preparation through to seeding, propagation and harvest, and how to cook using vegetables from the garden.  In woodlands we look at tree management, coppicing, hedging and hedge layering, and environment and conservation measures including improving wildlife habitats, providing suitable accommodation for a variety of wildlife, and providing long term strategies for environmental protection.  We further look at diseases and disease prevention and making full use of coppiced wood in greenwood crafts or charcoal production.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact us on 01787 228269 or email to

We welcome your questions and suggestions.