LDNPA – Sustaining Country Crafts in Cumbria
This project, supported by the Lake District National Park Authority, is a development of work trialled at a cluster of four schools in Cumbria last year. The project will bring together rural craftspeople and primary school children, to use enquiry in the outdoors to help them think about and address sustainable development issues.
Work begins in July with crafts people and school staff attending a P4C level 1 training. This will be followed by a variety of events over the coming year to bring children and craftspeople together including the opportunity for children to visit farmers’ markets and craft workshops.
During the project the children involved will keep diaries of their practical experiences, in which they will also reflect on the wider issues of climate change, sustainable development, cultural heritage and the impact of personal choices. Videos will also be produced of a ‘day in the life’ of craftspeople to demonstrate the environmental and social value of sustaining local country crafts. The finished materials will then be displayed at the Westmorland Show in summer 2013 and other events in Cumbria.