Project HENGE (Heritage and Natural Resources for Green Entrepreneurship) is represented by organisations from Scotland, Spain, Lithuania, Romania, Northern Ireland, Bulgaria and
They are working together to develop an online training programme to encourage those living in rural areas to consider setting up their own business, by utilising local heritage resources which might include
landscapes, habitats, historical buildings, cultural practices, local food and local architecture.
HENGE is a Leonardo da Vinci ‘Transfer of Innovation' project which will adapt the materials developed in an earlier project ‘Panorama' to an online learning platform, and is a partner of the EU funded Lifelong Learning Partnership.
SRUC Oatridge Campus is leading the project work package that will develop the learning materials and will also contribute to all other work packages of the project. Niall Evans, Team Leader, Environment and Countryside Management at SRUC Oatridge, said:
“The drive behind this project is to try and address the European (and worldwide) trend of depopulation of rural areas. In encouraging people to reflect on their local area and understand the value of its wider heritage, they are more likely to take ownership and more responsibility of their local areas and promote them to others.”
The last project meeting took place in Bulgaria during the week of 21 May 2013, and further details can be found by visiting the HENGE website, and also by reading the latest HENGE newsletter.
The project will culminate with a conference that will take place in Romania in September 2013 where partners and representatives of all the partner countries will witness the launch of the programme and take part in workshops designed to widen understanding of the project materials among the target group.