Farmers and estate owners in North Northumberland may soon benefit from extra expertise in building conversation.
Kristoffer Smith, who works as a trainee surveyor with Edwin Thompson in Berwick, has been awarded financial support from the Border Union Agricultural Society’s Bicentenary Bursary Fund to study a Masters Course in Building Conservation (Technology and Management).
He will start the distance-learning course at Heriot Watt University in September and hopes to complete it in three years.
Mr Smith, of Yetholm, said: “I see real growth potential in the conservation sector, particularly in the Borders and North Northumberland due to its rural nature, the current built environment and the need for development.
“By undertaking this course I will be able to offer specialist advice on repair techniques and suitability of design and development to a range of farmers and estate owners who are responsible for historic properties.”
The Bicentenary Bursary Fund welcomes applications from residents of the Borders.
Border Union Agricultural Society Chairman Jonny McCririck said: “The Bicentenary Fund is a home-grown scheme for home-grown Borderers who have ambition and want to take the next step in their career.
“Kristoffer is a fine example of this and we wish him well. In due course we will be discussing with him how he can feed his learning back to the society’s members.”
For information about the fund email firstname.lastname@example.org