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Apprentices Needed to Help Restore Ancient Woodlands

[T]he Rusland Valley Fells Landscape Partnership is delighted to announce they are recruiting six new apprentices to be part of its new and exciting Rusland Horizons scheme.

The Rusland Valley is an important part of the Lake District’s diverse heritage. Its beautiful wooded valleys, scattered settlements and a network of twisting minor roads make it a unique and very special area. However, many of these woodlands are suffering neglect due to a loss in woodland industries and the skills associated with them. Unique habitats created by coppicing have changed leading to a loss in species. The Rusland Horizons scheme hopes to reverse this decline.

Between now and 2019, the scheme will be delivering the Valley Futures apprenticeship programme. Recruiting and training young people in practical and rural heritage skills, the programme will offer a fantastic opportunity to restore Rusland Valley’s landscape and enable young people to develop vital practical skills and knowledge essential for pursuing a career in the rural sector. Valley Futures will follow in the footsteps of the success of the Lake District National Park’s ‘Fell Futures’ apprenticeship programme, where all of the participants are now employed full time in the rural sector.

Claire Green, Rusland Horizon’s new Skills and Training Coordinator says: “The programme will provide an exciting chance for local young people to become part of a team dedicated to restore and protect this important landscape.”

With valuable qualifications, skills and training on offer, the project is looking for enthusiastic committed individuals to work within the Rusland Horizons project area on practical countryside management activities. As a key part of this is to complete a Level 2 Apprenticeship in Environmental Conservation through Newton Rigg College, this will be a great opportunity to for young people from the local area to participate in and gain practical experience within the environmental sector.

People can find out more about the apprenticeship programme at or by emailing Claire Green, at [email protected].

Applications will be open for apprenticeship posts from 20th June 2016. For details and to apply from 20th June, visit

Rusland Horizons is a community-led landscape partnership scheme, funded by the Heritage Lottery and supported by a group of organisations including the Lake District National Park.

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