Drys­tane dyk­ing lessons

The Galloway News - - NEWS - Stu­art Gille­spie

Eight peo­ple at­tended a two-day begin­ners course in drys­tane dyk­ing that was hosted by Rain­ton Farm, Gatehouse of Fleet.

Or­gan­ised by the South West Branch of the Dry Stone Walling As­so­ci­a­tion of Great Bri­tain the week­end event pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity to present a book to James Fin­lay in recog­ni­tion of his con­tri­bu­tion to the pro­mo­tion of this tra­di­tional ru­ral skill.

Mr Fin­lay has played an ac­tive role in or­gan­is­ing com­pe­ti­tions since the late 1950s and helped develop the na­tional or­gan­i­sa­tion that was set up 50 years ago.

Branch chair­man Nic Coombey said: “2018 is a special year for drys­tane dyk­ing in the area and to cel­e­brate 80 years since the first dyk­ing com­mit­tee was es­tab­lished in the Ste­wartry we are run­ning an open dyk­ing com­pe­ti­tion on Septem­ber 29 at Drum­mock­loch Farm, Car­doness.

“The com­pe­ti­tion is an op­por­tu­nity for lo­cal dyk­ers to demon­strate the skills re­quired to build the Gal­loway dyke that pro­vides a dis­tinc­tive land­scape fea­ture across the re­gion”.

For de­tails about the com­pe­ti­tion and an en­try form, the sec­re­tary of the South West Branch of the Dry Stone Walling As­so­ci­a­tion of Great Bri­tain can be con­tacted at 57 Hawthorne Drive, Gir­van KA26 0BG, [email protected]­hoo.co.uk or by calling 07590 816845.

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