Dry stone wallers needed

Dry stone wall champion Andrew Gammell. The CLA is calling for contestants for this year's competition.
Dry stone wall champion Andrew Gammell. The CLA is calling for contestants for this year's competition.
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A call has gone out for potential dry stone walling champions to get their entries in for this year’s competition.

The cut off date for entries to the biennial competition is June 30 and CLA North Regional Director Dorothy Fairburn said: “There are still a few places remaining in the competition and I would urge any dry stone wallers, who have been involved in a local project in the last two years, to enter now before it’s too late.”

Aimed at preserving the county’s ancient craft of dry stone walling, the competition recognises and rewards the people behind the miles of distinctive walls that define Yorkshire’s famous landscapes.

Held in association with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild, the competition is believed to be unique in Britain as it judges new or rebuilt walls in the countryside and is not a contest between wallers building temporary short stretches.

The winner receives the perpetual challenge trophy, an engraved glass walling stone.

The current title holder is Andrew Gammell from West Slaithwaite, near Huddersfield with a 30 yard stretch of dry stone wall at Hey End Farm, Cop Hill.

The competition is open to all wallers who live and work in Yorkshire and is free to enter.

Entry forms are available by emailing: info.north@cla.org.uk or telephoning: 01748 907070.