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Opposite ends of the road for Midlothian CARS

Young people have learn new skills as part of the Dalkeith CARS scheme's training programme

Young people have learn new skills as part of the Dalkeith CARS scheme's training programme

While one conservation project’s training scheme comes to an end in Dalkeith, a new one has just got under way in Gorebridge.

The last phase of the Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and the first phase of the Gorebridge Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) have been completed.

Gorebridge CARS has three years to run, so the joint training plan will continue with Edinburgh College delivering workshops and courses for Gorebridge as it did for Dalkeith.

Gail Halvorsen, chairwoman of the Gorebridge CARS project team said: “The pupils from Newbattle High School enjoyed their time on the Heritage Awareness course and this has helped them to appreciate and value their local history and heritage in Gorebridge.”

Donald Marshall, chairman of the Dalkeith THI, was glad that many youngsters had benefited from the course there which lasted five years.

The courses included workshops on traditional masonry repair, lime pointing, lime harling and the use of traditional paint and ashlar stone repair and replacement. In total 50 trainees and 24 school pupils have completed the courses.

 

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