Walling Courses 2005
Following the success of the dry stone wall training courses held last year, 24 new dates have been set for 2005 at venues throughout the Cotswolds.
While most of the training is designed for beginners who want to learn the basics of walling, this year there is one 'intermediate' training days.
These are aimed at people with some knowledge of the craft, particularly the 200 people who attended the courses last year and want to learn more.
Qualified trainers show trainees how dry stone walling is done, the techniques used by professionals and explain the importance of these well-known features of the Cotswold landscape.
The two-day training events are organised by the Cotswolds Cotswolds Conservation Board, as part of their 'Caring for the Cotswolds' project which has support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and is working to restore dry stone walls.
Jonathan Gahan from the Cotswolds AONB Partnership says;
"Dry stone walls are an important feature of the area but 60% of them are derelict or not stock-proof and we are working to improve this situation.
"These training courses are just one of the methods we are using to keep stone walls in good condition and it's also a fun way for local people to get involved with the countryside.
"Last year's courses were an outstanding success and were over subscribed. So this year extra dates have been added to the programme to allow more people to take part."