Have your say as Historic Environment Scotland surveys the stone industry

Historic Environment Scotland

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) has launched a survey of stonemasonry in Scotland to better understand the current status of the sector.

The survey seeks to gather information on the number of stonemasons there are in Scotland, where the businesses that employ stonemasons are based, and the need for stonemasonry skills across the country. 

The survey is the first in a series HES plans to carry out to examine stonemasonry in Scotland. It is an action arising out of the work of the Stonemasonry Training Working Group of sector partners and stakeholders, convened by HES.

The data gathered will be used as a first step to building understanding of how the stonemasonry sector looks across different parts of Scotland, and ensuring it is equipped to meet the challenges of the future.

The hope is the data can be used for better sector engagement and consultation, as ideas and proposals on the future of stonemasonry training are developed.

HES supports the delivery of stonemasonry skills training at its Skills Training Centres in Elgin and Stirling, in partnership with Forth Valley College.

Colin Tennant, Head of Technical Education and Training at HES, said: "With our built environment in Scotland predominantly made of stone, it is crucial we ensure a continuing supply of trained stonemasons to repair, maintain and conserve this heritage.

"Stonemasonry is also a sustainable traditional skill which supports both green jobs and a circular economy, which helps maximise our existing resources, crucial for our national net-zero ambitions.

"We want to ensure the sector can thrive into the future, which is why we’re launching this survey to gather information that will help us build a comprehensive picture of stonemasonry in Scotland.

"To help us do that, we would urge as many stonemasons and employers as possible to take part in the survey."

Scottish stone companies can complete the survey by clicking here.

 The survey closes on Tuesday 28 February.