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Home owners invited to join traditional skills course

Home owners invited to join traditional skills course


Owners of historical houses in the New Forest are invited to attend a specialist course to help them care for their properties.

Over time the special character of historical buildings within the New Forest could be irretrievably lost if inappropriate materials and methods of repair are used.

To combat the issue, the New Forest National Park Authority is offering a subsidised course for homeowners to help them learn more about the importance of traditional buildings and to choose the most suitable and sensitive ways to repair and manage work on their homes.

Homeowners can attend the two-day course on Saturday 23 March and Saturday 27 April or Saturday 12 October and Saturday 2 November. The course costs £20 per person and will be held at Minstead Village Hall between 9.30am and 4.30pm on both days.

The course will be led by local historic building specialist Kevin Stubbs who is an expert on the New Forest’s historical buildings and regularly teaches around the country.

The course will cover topics such as:

  • fixtures and fittings
  • building materials
  • everyday maintenance needs: what problems to look out for; what are the warning signs; dos and don’ts of simple maintenance
  • historic roof structures and coverings
  • masonry structures, including brick; stone and flint
  • cob structures and their care and repair
  • joinery, including windows; doors; staircases; fixtures and fittings
  • traditional lime mortars, renders and plasters and historical paint and finishes.

The course is suitable for anyone in the National Park with an historical building ranging in date from Medieval to Edwardian, and which is constructed using traditional materials such as cob, thatch, flint or lime mortars.

For more information about the course and to book your place, visit

The Building Skills project is run by the Our Past, Our Future landscape partnership scheme, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and led by the New Forest National Park Authority and 10 key partners.

For more information on the project and Our Past, Our Future scheme visit


Notes to Photo Editor:

Traditional building skills specialist Kevin Stubbs running the ‘Understanding Historic Masonry Structures’ course at Buckler’s Hard Shipwright School in 2016.

Notes to Editor:

Our Past, Our Future

Our Past, Our Future is a Landscape Partnership Scheme for the New Forest which, supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund, will undertake a range of projects to restore lost habitats, develop Forest skills and inspire a new generation to champion and care for the New Forest. The partnership focuses on the enclosed lands which surround the Open Forest.

The five year scheme is being led by the New Forest National Park Authority working alongside several delivery and funding partners, including the New Forest Land Advice Service.

For more information on Our Past, Our Future visit

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife. @heritagelottery @HLFSouthEast

About the New Forest National Park Authority

Protect – Enjoy – Prosper

The New Forest National Park Authority’s statutory purposes are to:

  • Conserve and enhance the natural beauty, wildlife and cultural heritage of the Park – Protect.
  • Promote opportunities for understanding and enjoyment of its special qualities – Enjoy.

We also have a duty to:

  • Seek to foster the social and economic well-being of local communities within the Park – Prosper.

The New Forest National Park was designated in March 2005. Its unique landscape has been shaped over the centuries by grazing ponies, cattle and pigs which roam free. Majestic woodlands, rare heathland and a spectacular coastline provide fabulous opportunities for quiet recreation, enjoyment and discovery.

Visit to find out more.

Media Contact

Beki Mole, Communications Assistant
New Forest National Park Authority
Tel: 01590 646639

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