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PRIDE2: PARTNERSHIP FOR RURAL IMPROVEMENT & DEVELOPMENT IN EUROPE 2                                                      

project duration:  1 Oct 2018 – 30 Sept 2020. The project is supported by the EU Erasmus+ programme and is an adult education (KA2) staff mobility partnership.

Participants are drawn from a UK consortium of partners from (mainly) Northern England and Scotland like WICAT, National Trust, Natural England, Yorkshire Dales NP, Earth Doctors, VAR Initiative,  Sublime Foundation,  The Environment Partnership, Forestry Commission, Eden Arts, Epiacum Heritage, Solway AONB and Woolclip.

The placements are fully funded apart from getting to the UK departure point (which might not be the nearest airport to you).

All the places revolve around dedicated training courses from the ‘Green Village’ suite of certified units. They were created over a 3-year period by 8 EU partners led by Grampus Heritage. All the courses carry ECVET points as well as certification for CPD. The Green Village curriculum is called “Sustainable Rural Development – Focus on Culture and Nature” and the course modules are available to download on the right hand side of this page.

Erasmus+ website link:

Please find our project details on PRIDE2 listed on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform. And a more detailed view under here


upcoming placements

Cyprus, Pano Lefkara – Structured Course on Clay plastering: 11-18/11/2018 (6 spaces) programme to follow

Slovakia, Lisov – Structured Course on Village Food: 15-21/11/2018 (5 spaces): PRIDE2 course rural Foods Slovakia

Spain, Santa Olalla del Cala –  Structured Course on landscape management and reforestation: 25/11 – 2/12/2018 (6 spaces – hands-on/work placement) PRIDE2 reforestation course

Spain, Santa Olalla del Cala –  Structured Course on landscape management and reforestation: 2 – 9/12/2018 (6 spaces – hands-on/work placement) PRIDE2 reforestation course

Cyprus, Pano Lefkara – Structured Course on Village foods “Fruitful autumn and seasonal cooking”: 3-9/12/2018 (6 spaces) PRIDE2 course Cyprus rural Foods

Greece, Santorini – Structured Course on Village Food (4 spaces): 14-21/1/12019

Greece, Santorini –  Structured Course on Island Crafts (4 spaces): 21-27/1/2019

Slovakia, Lisov – Structured Course on “Fasinagy mask making” (6 spaces) appr. 11-17/2/2019

Greece, Santorini –  Structured Course on Island Crafts (4 spaces): 1-7 April 2019


for any enquiries please contact:

please find here our PRIDE2 word application form

or as pdf version PRIDE2 pdf registration form





A few words from Grampus Director, Martin Clark:

“So what’s different in PRIDE2?  Well, we still focus on the four pillars of rural sustainabiliy…. ENVIRONMENTAL, CULTURAL, SOCIAL and ECONOMICAL but we’ve upped the culture a bit with two new UK consortium partners; Eden Arts from Cumbria bring some refreshing ideas about applied art and we plan community interactive art courses in fresco painting, mosaic, upscaling textile patterns onto walls, sculpture, mask making…. but also photography and maybe storytelling. Epiacum Heritage from the North Pennines is all about continuous occupation of a large upland farm from the Mesolithic to present day, with Celtic and Roman high points; so in PRIDE2, we’ll be upping the archaeology and exploring ways for archaeological discoveries to feed into cultural tourism and stimulate local economies. There’ll be plenty of ‘Roman’ opportunities but also ‘Neolithic’ ones and a chance to explore Celtic and Norse impact in Norway and Iceland. Our new partners in Malta are also about archiving and living history and give an opportunity to explore naval history and Islamic/ Moorish influences. In PRIDE2, we also work more with Roma minorities, to experience and learn their skills and culture and try to dispel some of the bad press. Islamic partners are also much involved and very welcome and give us a chance to reflect on positive Islamic influences in Europe over the last 800 years, in Turkey, Cyprus, Malta and Spain. In Romania we look into the issue of cultural exprobriation after the much publicised copying of traditional textile patterns and garments by leading fashion houses and we’ll continue in our crusade for traditional textiles into fashion (with due credit given) and the promotion of sustainable natural fibres such as wool and hemp, across several European countries. PRIDE2 remains focused on countryside skills in the land-based sector, in rare breeds, forest management, re-introduction of locally extinct mammals and birds, grafting trees, haymaking, and fencing without wire, but we’ll offer more training in food production, harvesting and cookery”.