One of the oldest rural skills in the Cotswolds will be on display at a Gloucestershire farm on Sunday 7th October as drystone wallers pit their skills against each other in an annual competition.

The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Open Drystone Walling competition, which is run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board in partnership with the Cotswold Branch of the Drystone Walling Association of Great Britain will take place at Overtown Farm near Cranham in Gloucestershire.

Competitors will have the chance to enter four classes: professional, part-time professional waller, novice and beginner pairs.

Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Niel Curwen said:

"Drystone walls are a traditional feature of the Cotswolds AONB and make up the fabric of the landscape. Here at the Cotswolds Conservation Board we work to encourage people to learn the rural skill of walling and a competition is a great way to inspire people and keep the art alive."

Members of the press are invited to attend the event from 11am onwards.

The competition is just one of a range of ways in which the Cotswolds Conservation Board works to encourage drystone walling.

The Board also works alongside partner organisations to subsidise walling courses run by Stroud College and Abingdon and Witney College, which are held at the Ebworth Estate near Stroud and at the Cornbury Estate in West Oxfordshire.

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For more information contact: Mark Connelly on 01451 862006.