Drystane dyking lessons
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.