New strings to your bow?

CEWales talks to Nell Hellier, Heritage Building Officer at Carmarthenshire County Council, who says that as we repair, refurbish and maintain the ageing building stock in Wales it is time to learn some traditional, new, old skills

Whilst construction must find ways to become more sustainable and help decarbonise its processes and become more efficient we must not give up on the traditional skills that are the bedrock of our industry. In fact, using the traditional building methods is one sure way of knowing where your materials come from and ensuring the process is not just done right, but that it is finished in as sustainable a manner possible.

What’s more, with green buildings using older, traditional materials and the requirement to refurbish and improve old buildings – from our homes to historic public buildings – the old skills are in more need than ever. So, isn’t it time to add some new strings to your bow – or rather, add some old, traditional and solid skills to your toolbox?

If you agree then have you considered developing your Heritage Construction skills?

The Tywi Centre is a heritage construction training centre based in Carmarthenshire.  It is a CITB approved training organisation and can deliver bespoke courses in Using Lime, Heritage Carpentry, Heritage Plastering and Stonemasonry.  For course details and a training brochure visit or contact the Tywi Centre on

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