Making and Application

Nature Exchange 4 – Managing our Cultural and Heritage Assets   (NET4) Erasmus+ Key action 1 Adult Education project The NET project aims to improve staff competencies and add a European dimension to nature, conservation, interpretation and environmental management for Scottish managers, trainer’s, advisors and training planners.  ARCH work with a consortium of Scottish organisations to deliver the NET programme.

In 2018 we plan visits to the following destinations:  (Links appear further down the page)

Slovenia                       24th may – 1st June                       Vitra Centre for Sustainable Development at Bohinj Flower Festival

Slovakia 1                    25th – 31st May                         Krajina and High Tatras National Park

S.E Norway                  27th May  – 3rd June                 Norwegian Institute for nature Research

Slovakia 2                    26th May – 2nd June                  Lisov Museum

Norway                         28th May – 4th June                   Evenstad University

Poland                          04th  – 10th  June                       EUCC  and Odra Delta Nature Park

Estonia                         30th July – 05th August               Saarema

Iceland                          19th – 26th August                      Turf building at Fornverkaskólinn

Romania                       27th Aug- 04th Sept                     Satul Verde Traditional Village Farming

Finland                         01st – 08th September                   Tampere University

Latvia                           02nd – 10th September                   Latvia State Forest Service

Bulgaria                        22nd – 29th September                  Devetaki Plateau Association

Cyprus                          23rd – 30th September                   Kato Drys Municipality (c)

The reports from 2017 are very useful in helping you to decide which programme is going to be most relevant to you.

What the grant covers:

Training costs and fees: to the host organisation

Accommodation:   During the study visit. It does not cover any expenses incurred prior to the visit commencing or at the end of the visit.

(E.g. staying in a hotel before departure or being collected from a designated collection point.)

Food:   The Grant covers the main meals, or equivalent packed lunches etc., for the group throughout the study visit.  This will vary from country to country but the basics will always be covered.

Travel:  Travel during the study visit is covered by the grant. It does not include any travel expenses incurred by the participant prior to being collected from the meeting point or at the end of the study visit after leaving the rest of the group. If a participant wants to pursue activities outwith the group, in their free time, then they must pay for any travel expenses incurred themselves.

There is a small grant available to cover exceptional costs for those traveling from the Islands

How to apply.

The application form is available on the web page at or from ARCH at    NET (Nature Exchange Training) is about providing appropriate, useful educational/training opportunities that fit within your own training needs (so if you have a personal development plan, annual objectives etc that this supports that might be helpful). You should also consider how you would share any learning outcomes with colleagues.

 Who can go?

These opportunities are open to ‘Adult Education Staff’ – that is – those who have a role in disseminating information, skills or informal training to   colleagues, staff, in their own or other organisations or to the public.

Do I need to take annual leave to go on these trips?

Please have a conversation with your line manager about this as individual situations will vary.


Participants must purchase their own European Travel Insurance for the duration of the study visit. Participants must have a European health card available though the Post Office or online at

Links to Destination Countries

Consortium Members

Scottish Wildlife Trust, Woodland Trust, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, Cairngorms National Park Authority, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority, Institute of Chartered Foresters, Plantlife International, Caithness Horizons, Earth Building UK and Ireland, John Muir Trust, RSPB, Historic Environment Scotland, National Trust for Scotland, Trees for Life, Scotland’s Rural College. Archaeology Scotland and  The Scottish countryside Rangers Association