Lemon Valley restoration will revive old skills

Island craftsmen are to restore a historic group of buildings in Lemon Valley – while learning traditional skills.

Master stonemason Henry Rumbold will pass on his techniques to building trades students at Prince Andrew School, and unemployed young people.

Established builders will also be able to increase their skills on the project, run by the St Helena National Trust (SHNT).

It continues a Trust skills programme that led to student Clint Fowler winning a Prince of Wales apprenticeship, which gave him seven months’ further training in the UK.

The new work is being given funding by Enterprise St Helena, and involves the school, St Helena Tourism, and the adult education service, Aves. It is being supported by CITB Construction Skills in the UK.

The training is internationally accredited.

Mr Rumbold, who has been awarded an MBE, will teach a range of traditional building skills while his students restore a cottage complex built in traditional St Helena style.

The programme is intended create a pool of skilled labour to maintain and improve the island’s unique and rare historic buildings, including its many coastal fortifications.

These are seen a vital to creating a tourist industry on the island.

Rob Midwinter of Enterprise Saint Helena said: “To make these projects work we need to work as a team.

“The opportunities are fantastic and our combined efforts will make Lemon Valley a great place to visit.”

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