LIME COURSES

COURSES FOR ALL ABILITIES

Gain hands on experience of how to use lime mortar on your own building with our range of Lime courses.

Our introductory courses are aimed at home owners and beginners who wish to gain a better understanding of why and how to use lime mortar on their buildings. You will learn how to choose the correct materials, the theory behind 'breathability' and perhaps most importantly, gain hands on experience of mixing and applying mortar. 

Our Level 2 and Advanced courses are the natural progression from the beginners courses. Aimed at those who have either attended a beginners courses or who have experience of using lime.

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KNOWLEDGE SHARE SESSIONS

Are you renovating an older property? Come along to one of our 2 hour sessions and found out about appropriate materials and methods to use on your older property.

Topics include:

  • Cause of damp and how to treat them

  • Appropriate materials and methods to use on older properties

  • Reinstating lime plasters, renders and ornamental detailing

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WHAT MAKES OUR COURSES DIFFERENT
  • Our tutors are working tradespeople with over 20 years experience of working in the restoration of period properties. Their knowledge is up to date and experience is varied.

  • All of our courses, with the exception of the knowledge share sessions, are mostly practical. We believe that you can only understand how to use lime, by actually using it. 

The 2 day lime plastering course was great and Ben was very       knowledgeable. It is a very hands on course with plenty of different materials and surfaces to try. If you are thinking of doing any lime plastering at home then this course is ideal. The facilities at SGS college were also very good. Mr K

I attended the 2 day lime plastering course run by Kate and Ben. It was absolutely brilliant and I now feel confident enough to resolve issues with our cottage and re-plaster and re-render large sections inside and out. Mrs A. 

Autumn Courses

Dates for Autumn have now been released. Explore our course offering below and book your place.
More course titles will be added throughout the coming months.
  • Lime Plastering - Level 1
    Wed, 16 Feb
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire
    16 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 17 Feb 2022, 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0ZE
    A two day practical introduction to lime plastering for homeowners and anyone looking to understanding why lime should be used on older properties.
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  • Introduction to Lime Pointing - 1 day
    Fri, 18 Feb
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire
    18 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0ZE, UK
    This practical one day course will give you a solid introduction on how to work with lime building materials. In the practical session you will get to point a wall in lime and experiment with different colours and finishes.
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  • Lime Plastering - Level 2
    Thu, 07 Apr
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire
    07 Apr 2022, 10:00 – 08 Apr 2022, 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0JE, UK
    An advanced 2 day course for those looking to further their knowledge of lime plastering.
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  • Understanding Damp in Older Properties
    Sat, 15 Jan
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire
    15 Jan 2022, 10:30 – 14:30
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0JE, UK
    Find out why older properties often suffer with damp and more importantly how it can be remedied.
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  • Insulating Lime - when and how to use
    Fri, 11 Feb
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire
    11 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire, Unit 7 Stenders Business Park, Mitcheldean GL17 0ZE, UK
    In this practical one day introductory course, students will learn the benefits of using insulating lime.
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  • Insulating Period Homes
    Sat, 12 Feb
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire
    12 Feb 2022, 10:30 – 14:30
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0ZE
    In this half day workshop we will look at how a solid walled property can be insulating whilst maintaining vapour permeability.
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  • Paint Finishes for breathable materials
    Mon, 14 Feb
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire
    14 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0JE, UK
    In this one day course you will have the opportunity to experiment with a range of paint options and learn how and when they should be used.
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  • Making and Using Hot Lime Mortars
    Tue, 15 Feb
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire
    15 Feb 2022, 10:00 – 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucestershire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0JE, UK
    In this one day practical course, students will learn how to prepare and apply a hot lime mortar.
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  • Rough Cast Lime Render and Harling
    Wed, 23 Mar
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire
    23 Mar 2022, 10:00 – 24 Mar 2022, 16:00
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0JE, UK
    The one day course will go through the technique of creating a rough cast render and harling.
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  • Introduction to Strawbale Building
    Various dates
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire
    Various dates
    Forest of Dean - Gloucesteshire, Unit 7, The Stenders Business Centre, Mitcheldean GL17 0JE, UK
    Learn the fundamentals of building with straw in this practical 1 day course.
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    A £100 gift card to spend against any of our courses.
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    A £100 gift card to spend against any of our courses.
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  • £50 Gift Card
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Covid19 Update:

In line with government guidelines on training, we have updated our courses to ensure your safety. All course numbers will be limited to 10 to allow for social distancing. Hand sanitizer and face coverings will be provided on all courses. A full risk assessment and Covid19 briefing document is issued to all trainees.