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Training for owners of historic Dales buildings

[Monday 06 March 2006]

Owners of historic and listed buildings in the Yorkshire Dales will be able to learn about ways to help them keep their properties in tip top condition.

Two free training days will be held next month by the National Park Authority to provide an introduction to a range of topics that will give owners guidance on how to protect and conserve their listed buildings.

The training comes hot on the heels of a report published by the National Park Authority last week that showed listed buildings in the area are in their best ever condition.

Called Historic Environment Education Days, the sessions on the 1st and 2nd of April will cover topics including traditional building construction and building materials and will also offer advice to owners on listed buildings and the planning system.

Also to be considered is how individual buildings develop over time and how building conservation principles can protect them, as well as the structural problems that traditional buildings can often suffer.

Mark Stephenson, the National Park's Building Conservation Officer, said: "It's a great opportunity for people living in old buildings to get some sound advice and information to help them look after their properties.

"Each day will have a different range of topics and people can come to either one or both.

"We are obviously in regular contact with owners of historic buildings, particularly those that are listed, and we recognise there was a need to get more information to them.

The two-day event will be held at Grassington Town Hall and, because numbers may have to be limited, anyone interested in taking part is asked to telephone the YDNPA's Don McLellan on 01969 652337, or email don.mclellan@yorkshiredales.org.uk

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