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Wanted: Yorkshire's top dry stone waller
Monday 13 May

The Yorkshire branch of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is looking for the best dry stone waller in the county.

The competition was launched in millennium year and is being run as a bi-annual event so now entries are being invited for the 2002 event.

The idea behind the competition is to judge a specific length of wall - a minimum of ten metres - built on a farm during the past two years as part of the normal walling work.

"The event shows that we care for the countryside, and it should help to preserve a prominent feature of the county's landscape," says Dorothy Fairburn, CLA regional director.

The aim of the competition is two-fold-to preserve and maintain the walls in the county to a good standard for the benefit of farmers and the landscape, and to recognise the skills of those involved.

The competition is open to owners of walls rebuilt over the last two years and for completely new ones. Marks are awarded for style, landscape impact, tidiness of the site and difficulty of the terrain.

The winner is awarded a specially commissioned glass perpetual challenge trophy illustrating dry stone walling and by the CLA.

The closing date for entries is at the end of next month (June). Application forms and more details are available from the CLA's regional office, Easingwold (Tel: 01347 823803).

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