CLA’s final call for dry stone wallers

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The Country, Land and Business Association (CLA) is issuing a final call for entries in this year’s Dry Stone Wall competition.

With the June 30 cut-off date for entries looming, would-be champions are being reminded to enter now to avoid missing out on the bi-
annual contest.

Dorothy Fairburn, the CLA’s North Regional Director, said: “There are still a few places remaining in the competition. I would urge any dry stone wallers, who have been involved in a local project in the last two years, to enter now before it’s too late.”

Aimed at preserving the county’s ancient craft of dry stone walling, the competition recognises and rewards the people behind the miles of distinctive walls that define Yorkshire’s famous landscapes.

Held in association with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild, the competition is believed to be unique in Britain as it judges new or rebuilt walls in the countryside and is not a contest between wallers building temporary short stretches.

Marks are awarded for use of local style, impact on the landscape, tidiness and difficulty of terrain. The winner receives the perpetual challenge trophy – a stunning engraved glass walling stone. The current title holder is Ingleton man Michael Coggins, who impressed judges with 10 metres of dry stone wall he built at Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Entry forms are available from or 01748 907070.

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