Stone stackers warned to avoid historic sites
The public body responsible for looking after some of England’s most historic places has issued a stern warning to people who indulge the art of stone stacking in protected spots.
Historic England said that in some circumstances people who balance or stack stones may be breaking the law and could even face jail.
Stacking or balancing stones is a pleasing pastime for some lovers of the outdoors and a precarious natural sculpture is a familiar sight on mountain, riverside and beach. But Historic England said spots classified as ancient monuments should not be tampered with. The warning followed concern that stone stacking was putting the neolithic site Stowe’s Pound in Cornwall at risk.
The Caradon Archaeology group posted images of stone stacks on Facebook and called for the registration plates of anyone seen piling stones to be taken and reported.