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Cotswolds Annual Dry-Stone Walling Competition
September 20, 2014 @ 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park will be the venue once more for this year’s Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Open Dry-stone Walling Competition on Saturday 20 September.
Organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, in partnership with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA), the competition will see four classes of competitors – beginner pairs, novice, amateur and professional – vying for the prestigious walling trophy and up to £120 cash prize under the expert eyes of Master Craftsmen judges from the DSWA.
Depending on which class competitors enter, they will have to strip and rebuild a limited length of wall to the correct specification. The rules associated with the competition are strict with marks awarded for quality of foundations, cope stones, sides, middle filling, batter and straightness.
David Molloy, rural skills officer, said: “We are delighted to be holding this year’s walling competition at the popular Adam Henson’s farm park once again. The venue is ideal for demonstrating to the wider public the importance of dry stone walls to the Cotswolds landscape and through our courses and competitions, we are helping to keep the skills alive for future generations.”
The draw for stints takes place from 8.45am with work completed at 4.15pm and prizes awarded at 4.30pm.
Anyone wishing to enter the competition can do so by registering online at www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk or by calling the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000.
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