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New skills new horizons – press release

Wednesday April 20th, 2016 | Stephanie

Installing tap Long shot BC alllotments March 1618 year old Adam Stallard from Trefeglwys has started his one year traineeship with the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Burning heather on the Stiperstones, installing water supply to Bishop’s Castle allotments and adding fishing platforms to the River Severn at Ironbridge are just some of things he has been up to over the last month.

Joy Howells, Landscape Partnership Manager, explains “We set up the traineeship to offer a breadth of learning and hands on experience in land management and nature conservation. Over this year, Adam will spent time at three placements; with the Natural England team on the Stiperstones, with National Trust, based at Carding Mill Valley, and with Access & Habitat Management contractors based at Lydham.”

Joy continues “There was lots of interest and strong competition for this traineeship. We’re excited to have Adam on board and hope he gains much from this opportunity.”

Alongside the work-based placements Adam will attend a series of residential courses covering project planning, Health & Safety and First Aid at Work. He will also put together a portfolio of achievements over the traineeship, which will be assessed for a City & Guilds Level 2 Environmental Conservation Diploma.

Adam commented “It’s great to be outdoors most days, and being able to learn a range of skills from practical work, to planning projects, dealing with visitors and organising events and guided walks.”

The Landscape Partnership Scheme is also developing a similar Level 2 Award in Built Heritage. This will enable trainees to gain valuable experience in traditional building skills such as lime mortar, stained glass, joinery and stone masonry.

The Scheme is primary funded by the Heritage Lottery and also offers a range of other learning opportunities.

Take a look at the website for events and activities which include community archaeology fieldtrips, wildlife surveys, recording ancient trees, and guided walks. A series of traditional rural skills courses run each year which include hedge laying, cleft oak fencing and basket making. The Scheme also works closely with local primary and secondary schools helping to raise awareness and understanding of the area’s rich history and wildlife.

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