Highlands & Islands

Traditional skills training offered in Highlands

Highland Council has offered funded training in skills needed for maintaining and repairing traditional properties.

The local authority has previously warned of a decline in some traditional building skills in the region.

The training on offer includes working with traditional timber windows, lime mortar walls and slate and lead roofs.

Courses will be funded by money from the Dingwall Conservation Area Grant Scheme.

The scheme's project officer, Una Lee, said it was hoped that local contractors and crafts people would take up the training.

She added: "The training will be very hands-on, with courses covering masonry and the use of lime, roofing and joinery skills.

"At the moment we are asking for people to express an interest so arrangements can be made as all the training will take place at the Scottish Lime Centre Trust near Dunfermline."

Highland Council has previously warned that traditional skills such as thatching roofs have been lost in the region.

The crafts are still needed for carrying out repairs to historic properties.

Local authority officials said the integrity of such sites could be harmed if non-traditional materials and techniques were used.

They said thatchers from the south of England had to be called upon to carry out a recent repair project.

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