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.
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 are asked to bring strong work gloves, steel toe capped boots, warm outdoor clothing and a packed lunch. Safety spectacles may also be required.