Heritage-Led Rural Regeneration Workshop

posted 14 Apr 2012, 10:08 by Phil Handy
Winterbourne Medieval Barn will be the venue for a one day workshop which will explore the role of heritage-led rural regeneration through community involvement. The barn and its surrounding landscape provide a stunning backdrop through which to explore both academic and practical perspectives on the role heritage buildings might play in rural regeneration initiatives. The workshop has been supported by the Faculty of Environment and Technology, University of the West of England-Bristol and with the kind permission of South Gloucestershire Council, the current owners of the barn complex.
The day will include opportunities to hear from a range of experts in historic buildings regeneration, in addition to providing an opportunity for a short walking tour of the landscape surrounding the barn. We will visit green lanes, medieval fishponds, recently designated local nature reserves and develop ideas on re-connecting this particular barn with its heritage landscape.
There will also be opportunities for delegates to share their own experiences of the challenges faced by many community and charitable groups working with the owners of such buildings. A key element of this workshop will be to involve delegates in looking at an "asset-based approach" to securing the future of heritage landscapes.  In addition Michael Eavis (of Glastonbury Festival fame) will share his own experiences of restoring Pilton Tithe Barn in Somerset as a community building.
The workshop will take place on Friday May 18th from 10am - 4pm at Winterbourne Medieval Barn.  Further details will be sent out to delegates in due course with final arrangements for the day.
The Frampton Cotterell Parish Council has agreed to finance one place on this course for a local resident who would report back to them.  For further information, please contact us.