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The Building Skills project

The National Park Authority is delivering a training programme for agents, builders and landowners about the importance of traditional buildings to the area’s character, and equip them with skills in specialist repair techniques through both practical and technical training events.

Course for homeowners – Minstead Village Hall

An overview of Course Content
• History and change: interpreting the historic development of a house and its fixtures and fittings
•  Materials and structure: what materials the house is built of; how it was put together; how the structure works
• Everyday maintenance needs: what problems to look out for; what are the warning signs; dos and don’ts of simple maintenance; looking after the fixtures and fittings and the historic setting
• Limitations of DIY work: sources of advice and training; sourcing the right materials
• An examination of a selection of historic buildings to look at these issues in context.

Dates for 2019:
12 October and 2 November, 9.30am – 4.30pm. Book here.

Courses for professionals

Understanding Historic Masonry Structures, Bucklers Hard Shipwright School

When? Friday 22 March, 9am – 4pm.

Understanding Historic Timber Framed Structures, Historic Roof Structures & Traditional Roof Coverings, Bucklers Hard Shipwright School

When? Friday 26 April, 9am – 4pm.

Understanding Historic Lime Mortars, Renders and Plasters, Bucklers Hard Shipwright School

When? Thursday 13 June, 9am – 4pm. Book here.

Understanding cob structures, Bucklers Hard Shipwright School

When? Friday 27 September, 9am – 4pm. Book here.

Historic England Research, Hulse Hall, Breamore

When? Friday 11 October, 9am – 4pm. Book here.

The Identification of Historic Joinery, Bucklers Hard Shipwright School

When? Friday 1 November, 9am – 4pm. Book here.

New Forest Rural Skills project

The New Forest Land Advice Service and the Commoners Defence Association have developed a training programme for young farmers, young commoners, farmers, commoners and other landowners and managers around the Forest.

The 2019 Training course calendar is available at the bottom of this page. For more information and details on how to book onto current courses, please visit the New Forest Land Advice Service training page.

The scheme has also set up a mentoring programme to pass on knowledge from experienced commoners to new and young commoners. Find out more about this on the Rural Skills project page.

Get involved

If you would like further information about training or would like to receive our training newsletter, please contact:

Richard Austin – Volunteer, Training and Mentoring Co-ordinator
Email: or tel: 01590 646661

Rural Skills training courses calendar

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