Minsteracres has a long tradition of providing training going back to the 1980s when the Manpower Services Commission had a base here helping men thrown out of work following the closure of the steelworks in Consett.

Today our focus is on training people of all ages, but especially young people, to help them find employment with skills in estate management, horticulture and conservation under our training arm, Sequoia Training.

We are already working closely with the Prince’s Trust in Consett providing hands on experience for young people.

Other groups also use our estate to put their learning into practice in such wide-ranging skills as Kirkley Hall’s arboriculturalists, and New College Durham’s painting and decorating students.

We work regularly with groups which offer us their labour and in turn benefit from the expertise of Andrew and the conservation volunteers. These include software company Sage, The Department of Work and Pensions under their Community 10,000 scheme, Middlesbrough based Free the Way, Bede Academy from Blyth who come very year for their environment day and the Guides and Brownies from Crawcrook who donated and planted 1,000 trees with grants they received from the Woodland Trust.

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