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Building Skills

Building Skills

Lead Partner

New Forest National Park Authority

What is it about?

Over time the special character of the historic buildings within the New Forest is being irretrievably lost by the use of inappropriate materials and methods of repair.

The National Park Authority are delivering subsidised courses for agents, builders and homeowners about the importance of traditional buildings to the area’s character. The courses run by local experts will teach specialist repair techniques through both practical and technical training events. These courses will help conserve and enhance the wealth of individual characteristics that contribute to the local distinctiveness of the settlements within the Forest as they raise awareness and encourage sensitive repair and management.

What has been achieved so far?
  • 114 professionals have completed the traditional buildings course including agents, architects, surveyors and builders. Over the duration they learnt to understand cob structures; historic masonry structures; historic timber framed structures and roof coverings; lime renders, mortars and plasters; and historic joinery and metalwork.
  • 118 homeowners have completed a two-day course on local traditional building materials, techniques and sympathetic repair methods.

Visit the training page for information on specific courses within the Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme.


A building skills fair is planned for 2020 and it’s hoped that it will become an annual event.

Contact details

Richard Austin, Volunteer, Training and Mentoring Co-ordinator, New Forest National Park Authority

Tel: 01590 646661 email: 


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