Course focuses on Derry’s rural hinterland

Hertiage course participants at Cumber Standing Stone.
Hertiage course participants at Cumber Standing Stone.

The Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Scheme has successfully completed the second of its Local Landscape Heritage courses.

The Heritage Lottery Funded training programme was run by Rural Area Partnership In Derry (RAPID) and each participant will receive an accredited certificate.

Heritage course participants at the RAPID offices.

Heritage course participants at the RAPID offices.

The heritage training took place in the RAPID offices at the Old School, Killaloo, and celebrated the unique landscape and heritage associated with the Faughan Valley.

The course involved morning classroom sessions with afternoon visits to important natural, geological, built and archaeological sites such as Ervey Wood, Cumber House, and Ballygroll.

The course was part of the training and learning development programmes associated with the Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Phillip O’Kane, Faughan Valley Landscape Partnership Manager commented on the success of the programme so far.

He said: “This is the second of the heritage training sessions we have run to date and feedback from the participants has been very positive.

“Local people have been able to gain a better understanding about the heritage that is on their own doorstep together with a new set of skills that will allow them to interpret and better understand the rich heritage of the Faughan Valley”.

Course participant, Martin Bradley also commented on how enjoyable the course was.

He said: “I really learnt a lot about the history and sites of the Faughan Valley but I really enjoyed the way the course was taught and in particular getting out into the field.”

A similar heritage session will be run in the spring 2015 and if you are interested in taking part we will issue further information in local papers or you can contact telephone: 028 71 337149 or visit us at www.rapidni.com.

The Heritage Lottery Fund Landscape Partnerships HLF’s Landscape Partnerships provides grants of between £100,000 and £3million for projects which aim to conserve an area of distinctive landscape character that is recognised and valued by local people.

The programme helps to protect some of the UK’s most treasured landscapes by acting as a catalyst to bring communities and organisations together to form partnerships that create a shared vision, and help implement local action for the conservation and management of our landscape heritage. Each scheme contains a portfolio of smaller projects that provide long term social, economic and environmental benefits for the area. Details of the programme can be found at www.hlf.org.uk.