Stirling Observer

Pupils given insight into traditiona­l skills

Building a future

- Staff reporter

Forty-six pupils from six Stirling area secondary schools have had a chance to learn more about traditiona­l building techniques.

They attended a two-day skills event which included demonstrat­ions of stonemason­ry, specialist joinery, roof slating and painting and decorating.

For the pupils, who are currently thinking about their career choices, it was a chance to try their hands at traditiona­l skills.

During the event the children were visited by politician­s from the area who under the guidance of young apprentice­s, also tried to master the skills.

The event was held in the city centre’s Port Street and organised by the Stirling City Heritage Trust and Forth Valley Traditiona­l Buildings Forum with the assistance of Stirling Council.

A spokesman for the organisers said: “Looking around Stirling, it is easy to see that what makes it such a beautiful city. It is the striking traditiona­lly constructe­d buildings around us.

“It is important that the next generation learn how to maintain and repair these buildings appropriat­ely.”

Any young person interested in learning more about traditiona­l skills should visit the Engine Shed, Scotland’s building conservati­on centre, in Forthside, or for informatio­n on apprentice­ships contact Historic Environmen­t Scotland (stonemason­ry) or Forth Valley College (joinery, painting and decorating).

Owners of traditiona­l building can also sign up for a `health check’ on their property.

This is a not-for-profit service run by the Stirling City Heritage Trust aimed at supporting owners of traditiona­l buildings in their maintenanc­e and repair. To find out more visit www. traditiona­lbuildings­healthchec­k. org

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Practical skills Work in traditiona­l building crafts showcased in city centre

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