Heritage skills course in Tiverton

Heritage skills course in Tiverton

Heritage skills course in Tiverton

First published in Devon

PEOPLE in the Tiverton area are being invited to take part in a course later this month to develop new practical skills and help conserve Devon's rural heritage.

A workshop in hedge steeping, also known as hedge laying, is being held at Dryhill Farm, Stoodleigh near Tiverton on March 22.

It is organised by the Devon Rural Skills Trust, a charity which aims to keep alive the traditional crafts and skills which have been practised in the county for centuries.

Course instructor Nick Dawe said: “You won't need to go the gym after a day's hedge laying. It's a great way to get fit, learn about our countryside's heritage and develop a new skill at the same time.

“This is a practical course, so attendees get the satisfaction of taking part in a constructive project from beginning to end.

It is immensely satisfying to know you are contributing to something that will be part of the landscape for hundreds of years - as well as taking home a practical skill at the end of the day.”

In addition to weekend courses which are open to everyone, the Devon Rural Skills Trust runs a training scheme which aims to help young people develop the expertise necessary to enable them to earn a living from the crafts taught by the Trust as well as preserving the fabric of the countryside.

The course starts at 9.30am and finishes at 4.30pm.

Anyone interested in booking a place or to find out more information about the Trust should contact Mick Godfrey on 01548 821156 or go to www.devonruralskillstrust.co.uk

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