September 25, 2014

CAFRE Dry Stone Walling Course – October 2014

A dry stone wall also known as a ‘dry stone dyke’ is a wall constructed from stones without the use of mortar to bind them together. Examples of notable dry stone walls in Northern Ireland can be found in the Mourne Mountains and in the Glens of Antrim.

Dry stone walls are an important component of the landscape. They are durable and attractive field boundary features which will last for many lifetimes if properly maintained. Dry stone walls provide excellent shelter and homes for a wide range of small mammals, birds and insects.

While many dry stone walls have been well maintained and remain effective stockproof barriers, others are in need of rebuilding. CAFRE are planning to hold a Dry Stone Walling training event in mid October 2014 at the CAFRE’s Greenmount Hill Farm, Glenwherry. Depending on interest another training event may be organised at a later date.

The course will give participants the skills and knowledge to repair and maintain dry stone walls to:

  • Be stockproof;
  • Maintain biosecurity with neighbouring farms;
  • Comply with Agri-environment Scheme agreements; and
  • Be of a type and style used in that locality.

The training course will take place for one day and will include both a classroom session and on site practical. Course content will include, health & safety, types and styles of dry stone walls, site preparation, stone selection and wall building. 

Participants will be asked to bring strong work gloves, steel toe capped boots and warm outdoor clothing. Safety spectacles may also be required.

If you would like to attend a Dry Stone Walling training event  please contact CAFR’s  Development Service admin, Greenmount Campus 028 9442 6770 or E-mail:

For any further queries in relation to this training course please contact Graeme Campbell 028 94426641 or E-mail:

DSCF3749. Dry Stone Wall, Greenmount Hill Farm, Glenwherry.24.9.14 

Well maintained traditional dry stone wall at Greenmount Hill Farm, Glenwherry.

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