Learn sustainable skills this summer

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Oamaru residents will have the chance to learn a variety of new talents at the Sustainable Skills Summer School early next year.

Organised by Natural Heritage Society Oamaru, the school will be held from January 25 to February 9.

This year, the Natural Heritage Society was offering a $50 voucher to a class of the winner’s choice.

The voucher was drawn last Sunday and won by Save the Children volunteer Diane Lee.

Ms Lee said she was excited to hear she had won, as she would now be able to do the cheese-making course.

She had always wanted to, as her neighbour had a cow, so was able to get milk for her, but she had never got around to it, she said.

Organising committee member Marie Grunke said there were one or two new classes this year, including a photography talk by David Sutton, which she was looking forward to.

This was the first time they had raffled a voucher, but were happy they did, as it let more people know about the school and the classes on offer, she said.

There are more than 30 courses available, ranging from booking binding to tool sharpening to keeping a cow.

The classes are being run through one week of the school holidays and one week after to give parents a chance to attend.

Visit sustainableoamaru.org.nz for more information.

By RUBY HARFIELD