Building Outdoor Skills

Building Outdoor Skills

Looking after our heritage and creating places for an active lifestyle requires a skilled workforce who can repair a stone wall, lay a hedge, conserve an ancient monument, improve habitats or teach outdoor sports. We want to deliver new training opportunities to our volunteers and especially young people to give them a new outlook on life and perhaps a career path they hadn’t thought of before.

We are keen to work with volunteers of all ages and abilities – but it’s not just about getting a job done, it’s also about friendship, company, being active, learning new skills and being outdoors.

Current project

Following the success of our Burrator Project, predominantly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have developed a regional “It’s Our Future” project.
This project is extremely ambitious and aims to engage young people from the more deprived areas of the region with their heritage. It will create a long-lasting relationship for us and other heritage organisations with young people and will provide 11 – 25 year olds with skills to manage and protect the natural environment and built heritage whilst gaining an understanding of the social and cultural heritage of our sites.

We have submitted a stage one application to the Heritage Lottery Fund and await their decision in July 2017. If successful we will work with key partner organisations including Dartmoor National Park Authority, Young People Cornwall and West Devon Youth Partnership.


Our Trustee champion says-

“ the countryside needs young people with the right skills, by focusing on those in deprived areas we can help our countryside and our communities”
John Lee

Green Bridge

Our ‘Green Bridge’ project offered learning opportunities to individuals in countryside skills, watersports instruction and catering. Designed for people who had become disengaged from the world of education, the project gave opportunities for higher level study with local colleges. The two year project, funded by the Learning & Skills Council also provided travelling and childcare allowances, to ensure that the most disadvantaged could take part. Open days and events ensured that the targets for participation were exceeded and many of our trainees found employment as a result of the project.