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European Dry Stone Issues

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Solway Heritage is one of nine organisations participating in a dry stone walling learning partnership project funded by the lifelong learning programme through Grundtvig.  The programme enables organisations delivering adult education to be part of exciting partnerships to share innovation and good practice.
 
The partners are:

Office Environnement De La Corse
France
OCRE – Associação para a Valorização do Ambiente, Cultura, Património e Lazer
Portugal
Conseil de Majorque (département environnement)
Spain
Cornish Hedge Research and Education Group (CHREG)
United Kingdom
APARE – Association pour la Participation et l’Action Régionale
France
Medoro S.c.a.r.l.
Italy
Solway Heritage
United Kingdom
Development Corporation of Local Authorities of Cyclades S.A.
Greece
Université  de Palerme – Département  d’histoire et projet  - Faculté d’Architecture
Italy

The EU have stated an ambition to become a world economic centre for excellence based on knowledge and skills.  With this in mind the partners of this project are developing a European network which recognises the need to support rural crafts such as drystone construction which is threatened by the loss of traditional skills.

The European Dry Stone Issues project will enable Solway Heritage to work with partners from across Europe to share practice, discuss problems and compare solutions on dry stone walling training in Dumfries and Galloway.  The project will allow adult learners, staff, volunteers and trainers from a wide variety of organisations to meet on exchange visits, share experiences about existing training and exchange ideas about how informal learning as well as formal learning could be improved.

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