Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) are
running a series of Heritage Skills training events this summer to
help people learn more about the traditional skills required to
maintain older properties.
The events have been organised in conjunction with the
Heritage Skills Initiative (HSI), hosted by the North of England
Civic Trust (NECT), as a response to a severe skills shortage in
the region. They have been designed to give people an introduction
to some traditional techniques and provide information on
maintaining older properties. There will be a combination of
lectures, such as principles of conservation for pre 1919
buildings, and hands on introductory workshops including
blacksmithing, stonemasonry and using lime mortar.
The events are open to all - homeowners, contractors, students
and interested local residents and they are free of charge for
those people living the Yorkshire Dales LEADER area, which includes
the AONB. There will be a small charge of £3 for those people
living outside the area.
Sally Childes, AONB Heritage Officer, said: "We are really
pleased to be working alongside the HSI to offer this range of
heritage skills events. We hope that these courses will give people
an insight into some of the traditional techniques and help to
protect our built heritage and historic buildings for future