Ro­manc­ing the stones

Lots of love for build­ing course

The Galloway News - - FARMING -

STEPHEN NOR­RIS Eleven par­tic­i­pants took part in a drys­tane dyk­ing train­ing course hosted by Loch Arthur Farm, Beeswing at the week­end.

Or­gan­ised by the South West Scotland Branch of the Dry Stone Walling As­so­ci­a­tion, the train­ing was pro­vided by pro­fes­sional dyker Niall Baird.

Mr Baird su­per­vised the dis­man­tling of a partly fallen dyke for the ap­pren­tice dyk­ers to learn about essential el­e­ments of a tra­di­tional dyke – copes, cover stones, through stones, heart­ing and foun­da­tions.

With their new found knowl­edge the stu­dents of all ages en­thu­si­as­ti­cally re­built the drys­tane dyke to a high stan­dard.

Branch chair­man Nic Coombey said: “There is a re­newed in­ter­est in tra­di­tional ru­ral crafts that make our coun­try­side what it is to­day.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion will be run­ning two more cour­ses later in the year.

Mean­while, New­ton Ste­wart Walk­ing Fes­ti­val will have a drys­tane dyk­ing theme to some of the walks this year.

The pro­gramme in­cludes an even­ing talk on the topic of Drys­tane Dykes in the Gal­loway Landscape.

Stonework A be­gin­ners course in drys­tane dyk­ing was held at Loch Arthur Farm

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