A brand new course in dry stone walling is being offered in the Cotswolds aimed at professional wallers wishing to achieve intermediate level certification as well as those looking to improve their skills and knowledge.
The new course run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board and accredited by the national awarding organisation Lantra, will start in October and be held at the Old Prison, Northleach over eight days.
During the course, trainees will learn the techniques and skills required to strip down and rebuild 2.5 square metres of dry stone wall. An assessment will take place in the form of a practical test, the achievement of which will enable professional wallers to progress to advanced and master craftsmen levels.
Rural Skills Officer, David Molloy said: "The Conservation Board has an excellent reputation in the delivery of rural skills courses, particularly in dry stone walling which we have been running for over a decade. Our new Lantra Level 2 course is a unique opportunity for wallers in the Cotswolds who want to advance their skills with a nationally accredited body."
The training will be split into two blocks of four-days starting from 21 October. Applicants wishing to join the course will need to have either an existing Lantra Level 1 certificate and a minimum 3 months experience working as a dry stone waller or a minimum 12 months full-time walling experience. The total cost of the course including the assessment is £410.
For further details on the course and how to apply, visit: www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk or call 01451 862000.
Dry stone walls have been used as boundaries in the UK for centuries and are an important feature of the landscape within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The Cotswolds was designated an AONB in 1966 in recognition of its rich, diverse and high quality landscape. www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk
The Cotswolds AONB is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board - an independent organisation established in 2004 which has 37 members - 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by the Secretary of State.
The Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park and represents 10% of the total AONB area in the UK. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), along with National Parks, are considered to be the most special landscapes in the country and belong to an international family of protected areas. There are 38 AONBs in England and Wales, and a further eight in Northern Ireland. For further details, visit: www.landscapesforlife.org.uk. For details of the 15 National Parks in England and Wales visit: www.nationalparks.gov.uk
Source: Cotswolds Conservation Board