25th April 2012

Traditional skills to return to the Lake District

The Lake District National Park has been awarded funding from The Heritage Lottery Fund to educate young people in traditional Lakeland rural country skills. Training for the first 6 apprentices will begin in July 2012 and on offer will be traditional skills such as dry stone walling and hedge maintenance.

An exciting new project aimed at teaching youngsters from Cumbria some of the old traditional rural skills has been approved due to a massive £449,000 of lottery funding. The Lake District National Park Authority has been awarded funds to enable them to raise young people's awareness of the traditional skills which their ancestors before them used to create the landscape of the Lake District as we know it.

The innovative project will be focussed on teaching the more practical rural skills like traditional dry stone wall building and the maintenance of hedgerows, and has been donated to them by The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Chris Tomlin of the Park Authority stated that it was fabulous news.

Training will be provided by Newton Rigg College and the six young traineees will receive formal qualifications.