Volunteers wanted for kiln building work

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Monday 22 June 2009

22 June 2009

Volunteers wanted for kiln building work

Volunteers are being sought to build an environmentally friendly kiln that will be used to help maintain and repair historic Haddon Hall.

The Haddon Hall estate, near Bakewell, has been given planning permission by the Peak District National Park Authority to build a small scale lime kiln at the estate farm in Rowsley.

The kiln will provide lime mortar that will be used by estate staff to repair Haddon Hall and other buildings on the estate.

Haddon Hall estate was awarded a £13,765 grant by the Peak District National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund to enable the work to take place.

Anne Ashe, chair of the Sustainable Development Fund panel, said: “It is much more environmentally friendly if lime mortar can be produced on site rather than having to transport in building materials.

“A temporary lime kiln was built on the estate in 2005 and proved such a success that the Haddon Hall estate wanted to build a more permanent replacement.

“Materials used for the construction and operation of the kiln will be obtained from local, sustainable sources.”

Unlike cement-based mortars lime ones allow moisture to evaporate, are softer than the masonry and are more flexible.

Most historic buildings were constructed with lime mortars and renders. The kiln will enable authentic repairs to be made to Haddon Hall and help maintain traditional building skills.

The building of the kiln will be overseen by Andy Lawson, from College of the Peak. He is looking for volunteers and trainees to help with the project.

Anne added: “This will be a unique opportunity to learn new skills while contributing to a practical project that will be environmentally sustainable for many years to come.”

Anyone who is interested should contact Mike Elliott or Janet Blackburn at Haddon Hall estate on 01629 812855.

This is an archived press release

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