Clay pipe making, wainwrighting, tanning and making spinning wheels – all are skills of the past that can offer us a sustainable future. This is the message behind a drive, launched this spring, to preserve endangered traditional crafts in Britain.

With a new award of £3,000 available, together with fresh support from outdoor pursuits company Farlowsthe Heritage Crafts Association is calling for a renewed effort to save old skills and pass them down to the next generation.

The association’s list of “critically endangered” ancient techniques has often been regarded as simply concerned with conserving history. But renewed interest in sustainability, together with a growing dislike of throwaway consumer culture, has prompted a new campaign. “I think and hope that we are becoming more aware that we may lose the legacy of these crafts if we don’t support them,” said Robin Philpott, chief executive of Farlow.