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War of the wallers in the Cotswolds

Dry stone wall
Dry stone walls have been around for over 6,000 years

Dry stone wallers from across the country are being invited to take part in this year's annual Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Open Dry Stone Walling Competition.

Competitors will have to strip and rebuild a limited length of wall within the correct specification.

The rules associated with the competition are strict, with marks awarded for quality of foundations, cope stones, sides, middle filling, battering and straightness.

Competition organiser, Land Management Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Mark Connelly said: "Dry stone walls are a traditional and well-loved feature of the Cotswolds AONB and have been around for over 6,000 years.

"This annual competition not only helps to promote the importance of our historic boundaries, but also celebrates and keeps alive the skill of dry stone walling itself."


The event, supported by the Cotswold Branch of the DSWA, will take place on Sunday, 4 October, 2009 and is organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board.

Four classes of competitors - beginner pairs, novice, amateur and professional - will each be vying for the prestigious walling trophy and up to £120 cash prize under the expert eye of Master Craftsmen judges from the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) of Great Britain.

The draw for stints takes place from 8.45am with work completed by 4.15pm and prizes awarded around 4.30pm.

Spectators are welcome to watch the competition which will take place at Slade Farm, on the A44 at Bourton-on-the Hill.

Those looking to take part can do so by registering with the Cotswolds Conservation Board by 29 September. Telephone 01451 862000 or visit: www.cotswoldsaonb.org.uk

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