Subsidised Conservation Courses On Offer

News > Subsidised Conservation Courses On Offer


Date of issue: 1 February 2017

Expert training in botanical identification, dry stone walling, scything, woodland management, traditional buildings and walk leader training are all available thanks to a new adult learning programme focussing on the natural and built heritage of the Ingleborough area.

The courses are part of Stories in Stone, a scheme of conservation and community projects in the Ingleborough area. The scheme, funded mainly by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT). Hannah Rose, Stories in Stone Administrator, has organised the courses and said: “Following the success of last year’s courses and increased awareness of Stories in Stone, I am really pleased with the range of courses available this year. With subsidised places available on all courses, the programme offers cost-effective opportunities for people to learn new skills and to get involved.”

Stories in Stone will continue to work with Lowe Maintenance to offer courses in woodland management and Lantra Level 1 Dry stone walling. Alison Armstrong will be delivering an introduction to vernacular buildings which will focus on the buildings which contribute to the unique character of the Ingleborough Dales landscape, and the clues they give us as to how people used to live and work. If you are feeling inspired about these buildings, you can also join Alison on an introduction to drawing vernacular buildings, where she will cover the skills required in effectively recording these buildings.

The new botanical identification courses range from basic identification and surveying skills, to courses focussing on local habitats and flowering plant groups, all led by passionate individuals with expert knowledge of the area’s plant life. The courses aimed at leaders of guided walks will cover the basics of planning walks, navigation, group management and the health and safety requirements, as well as specific topics of interest such as using landscape interpretation and incorporating stories and activities for families.

Hannah added: “We hope the courses will give people the skills and confidence to help record, manage and explain the area’s wonderful natural and built landscape.”

Course details including entry requirements and costs are available here or by contacting Hannah on 015242 51002 or email

Image: A group of ‘mowers’ learning to scythe with Steve Tomlin.

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