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Historic Building Restoration in the Cotswolds

Do your bit to help repair a traditional Cotswolds building using techniques and methods handed down through the generations!

Activity description

On this activity you and your colleagues will work together to repair the walls of an 18th century building, located near the National Trust's Ebworth Centre. Under the expert eye of professional lime mortar and plasterer John Byrne, your group will learn about the different types of lime mortar, correct procedures for application, pointing, how to rake out and repair a lime mortar wall and how and when to add additional stone. You will then use your new found skills to repair an existing building, helping to preserve it for future generations to enjoy.


John Byrne is a self-employed lime mortar specialist with over 20 years experience working with lime mortar and plaster in the repair and restoration of historic buildings. John is also an excellent dry stone waller and has won the Board's dry-stone walling competition on two occasions (2004 & 2010). As well as teaching courses for the Cotswolds Conservation Board John has also taught lime courses at York University. For further information about John and his work visit  www.jblimeplastering.co.uk/ where you will also find a John's blog on previous courses that he has ran for the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Activity details

Location: National Trust Ebworth Centre (near Cheltenham). Other locations may be possible upon request.

Dates available: March - October

Group size: 8 - 24


1 day activity = £65 per person

2 day activity = £120 per person

A minimum of 8 people are required for this activity

All tools and equipment necessary for the event will be provided and the instructor will run through how each tool should be used during the activity. Parking and a toilet will be available on or near to the site of the activity.
For all activities we can provide a variety of catering options to suit to your needs and that of your team.
Contact us
For further information please contact our Rural Skills and Grants Officer, Ed Bonn on 01451 862032 or email ruralskills@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk