SEE DRY STONE WALLERS AT WORK

The annual Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Competition is being held on Sunday 12 September at Nympsfield in Gloucestershire.

The competition is organised by the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership and is open to professional wallers, part-time professionals and novices.

There is also a category for beginners pairs - two people working together who have little experience of walling.

Competitors stand to win prize money and trophies.

Wallers have to take down the wall to be repaired and rebuild it from the foundations up, so all their skills are required to complete the task.

The event acts as a showcase for the ancient craft of stone walling.

The competition is run in partnership with the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain and judging will be carried out by master craftsmen from the association.

Mark Connelly, land management officer for the Cotswolds AONB Partnership says, "Dry stone walls are a very important part of the Cotswold landscape, but many are in a poor state of repair and we are doing all we can to help reverse the decline.

"The competition recognises the contribution wallers make to the landscape and shows the skills they need to maintain walls.

"This is just one of our projects in the Cotswolds - we have many others including an annual Hedgelaying Competition held in November and very successful dry stone wall training events.

"Some of the competitors in the novice and beginners categories will have learnt their skills on one of our training courses."

Members of the public are welcome to come and see the competitors at work.

The competition is being held at Court Farm, Nympsfield, south of Stroud and there will be signs

to direct people to the farm. The wallers start at 9.00am and stop work at 4.15pm.

For more details contact the Cotswolds AONB Partnership on 01451 862000.