Rural Skills Film for Lanta

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Here is a new promotional film for Lantra about Rural Skills. Filmed in Loch Lomond during November 2014 and released in February 2015.

I have, in collaboration with McMaster Media, produced a new film exploring the skills and careers that are vital to local communities and the rural economy in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. This was premiered at the National Park HQ in February.

The film featured young people and employers who live, learn and work in and around the National Park and was produced for Lantra Scotland, sponsored by Historic Scotland and the Skills Partnership.

Filmed during November 2014 we followed a group of six unemployed young men for a week of rural work experiences on Luss Estates as they explore the diverse range of jobs in the countryside, including farming, fencing and dry-stane dyking with Master Craftsman, Jim Hanson.

The project, Rural Skills Week was organised in partnership with Iain Wilkinson, Rural Business Manager for Luss Estates, who places great importance on informing young people about rural career opportunities both to safeguard rural skills and ensure there are adequate resources to preserve and enhance the natural heritage.

The 10-minute film, was made to encourage young people across Scotland to take up careers in the land-based sector, such as environmental conservation, estate management, sheep farming, traditional building crafts, renewable energy, horticulture, tourism, fencing and many more.

It was really interesting observing the experiences during the week. All of the participants became really engaged, with many considering for the first time the possibilities of a career in the outdoors. As well as the film I captured a series of photographs during the week that were used to promote the activity.

Here are some of those photographs.


Jim Hanson, providing expert training on Dry Stane Dyking


The end result, a dry stand dyke as built by the team


The life of a sheep farmer, on Luss Estates


Learning skills about fence construction on Luss Estates


Expert training on fence skills on Luss Estates


Fence construction on Luss Estates


Learning chain saw skills on Luss Estates


Forestry skills, part of Rural Skills Week on Luss Estates


Team learning exercise


Fraser C Robb of Drymen, teaching tractor maintenance


Getting advice on rural careers from Kyle of Fraser C Robb in Drymen


Learning about planning and conservation from the team at Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park.

About Me:

I am a Family Portrait & Wedding Photographer, I also create photography and video for business offering on-line content and marketing support. I run regular introduction to photography training courses, ideal if you you want to learn how your camera works and take better photographs. I am based in Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park and work throughout Scotland including Glasgow, Stirling and Edinburgh. See more at my website – or call me on 01360 661029.

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Further Reading

Hope you enjoyed this blog about my Rural Skills Film for Lantra. You may be interested about some of my other films made in Loch Lomond for organisations including SYHA, Love Loch Lomond and various Accommodation Providers.

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