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30.05.05
Traditional skills on display

Traditional building skills will be demonstrated by experts at the Royal Cornwall Show. Representatives of Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust, which specialises in training in both traditional and modern day construction skills, will be on stand 773 in the Rural Skills area from the Royal Cornwall Show opening day on Thursday June 9th.

They plan to carry out demonstrations of traditional building skills such as building with cob blocks, lime rendering and wet laid scantle slating. And anyone interested will be able to try their hand at the skills.

Paul Bright, CSBT spokesman, said: "Cornwall's Heritage is at risk as there is a huge shortage of skilled people able to maintain and conserve it. The County is on the verge of World Heritage Site recognition and it is vital that the County has the local skills to preserve our historic buildings.”

CSBT, is helping train people in skills that have been identified as having key importance for Cornwall's needs. Four industries are involved in the STAKES (Skills Training Across Key Emerging Sectors) programme which has received £744,798 of investment from the Objective One European Social Fund (ESF) and the Learning and Skills Council. The other three involved are Cornwall Marine Network, Cornwall Engineering Group and the Food and Drink Skills Network.

Carleen Kelemen, Director of the Objective One Partnership, said: "This is a good example of how Objective One investment is helping by offering training that is demanded by the businesses themselves. Having the right skills can often be a key part of helping businesses flourish and driving the prosperity of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.”

The Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust has already hit the headlines with its futuristic ZED (Zero Emission Development) homes. Working with the Cornwall Rural Housing Association and the Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust, Bill Dunster architects' ZEDfactory have designed an easy to build rural 'zero fossil energy house' kit. The homes have been designed to reduce their demand for heat and power to the point where they can be met by renewable energy sources harvested on site. With green roofs clad in sedum mat produced in the South West, reducing rainfall run off and maximising wildlife habitat, local timber weather-boarding, high performance timber windows and natural lime render, the new homes should blend into the Cornish landscape.

An example of traditional scantle slatingAs well as teaching new methods the Trust is training people in traditional skills including stonework and brickwork with lime, scantle slating and lime plastering and rendering. A group of trainees were also sent to Boscastle and Crackington Haven to help rebuild after last summer's devastating floods.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan, the Objective One Partnership Office on 01872 223439 or email: cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Skills Training Across Key Emerging Sectors (STAKES) programme through the European Social Fund (ESF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
Objective One Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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