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Want to raise the roof?

'Timber Frame Raising with Roof Joinery' and 'DIY Solar Water Heating' are just two of the many innovative training courses on offer from Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust.

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust is forging ahead with its Building Sustainably in Cornwall Project which offers training and advice on sustainable building across the region.

A number of innovative courses are now on offer based around four local centres as part of this project. These centres will each enable traditional and sustainable building skills and training opportunities to be available to individuals from even the more isolated parts of Cornwall – skills which are in real danger of being lost at present.

The centres will be based in the north, south, east and west of Cornwall, and the training offered will be demand led by local area needs, with training being taken to local people. The project is a partnership with other organisations currently working in the four areas identified including Tamar Valley AONB in the east, Rezolve in the north, The British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) and Camborne-Pool-Redruth Urban Regeneration Company (C.P.R. URC) in the west and a number of ecological enterprises in the south towards the Lizard.

Courses on offer in the four areas include Timber Frame Raising with Roof Joinery on 25th and 26th February, DIY Solar Water Heating, Site Waste Management, Willow Structures, Introduction to Photovoltaics, Sustainable Interior Decorative Effects, Wood and Livelihoods (exploring the value of local woodlands).

Employees and individuals are welcome from any background or level of experience and courses will be offered within approximately a 25 mile radius of each area of Cornwall.

For further details of these and other sustainable building courses, or to book a place on any of CSBT's courses, see the CSBT website, phone CSBT on 01726 68654 , or email

There is also a CSBT newsletter containing course information, news and updates on the Trust's activities, if you would like a copy please email or call 01726 68654.

Comments from trainees on previous CSBT courses indicate that enjoyment and education can go together; "A great day – many thanks to all involved", "I very much enjoyed my day. Very informative and interesting", "I learnt much about all aspects of this job", "Relaxed, informative atmosphere".

As part of this project, CSBT also offers support to small and medium sized businesses in the local area, helping them to understand and respond to the expanding traditional and sustainable construction market and assisting them to develop market potential in the fast growing traditional and sustainable building sector. CSBT aims to assist any small or medium business interested in specialising in the Traditional or Sustainable Building Sector, by analysing their company training needs and either providing training for them or where appropriate sign posting to other providers. For further information on this or to request a company analysis and training needs assessment please contact Alistair Willshaw on 01209 718338.

For further information contact Paul Bright on 01726 68654 or email:

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust through the STAKES (Skills Training Across Key Emerging Sectors) project which has investment from the European Social Fund.


Editor's notes:

Cornwall Sustainable Building Trust is a registered charity whose aim is to achieve a state where all parties are building towards the common aim of sustainability. The Trust has European Social Funding (ESF) from Cornwall's Objective One Partnership and the Learning and Skills Council (LSC) via a project called STAKES (Skills Training Across Key Emerging Sectors) to deliver Traditional and Sustainable skills training.

CSBT has also been successful in gaining further funding from Defra's Environmental Action Fund for a project called Building Sustainably in Cornwall (BSC); this has matched funding form ESF via the LSC. The BSC Project is aimed at capturing locally distinctive building characteristics and stimulating local supply chains.


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

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