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Drystone walls judging begins

[Thursday 25 May 2006]

PROUD owners of one of the Yorkshire Dales outstanding features - the drystone walls - have until the end of the month to have their massive contribution to the landscape recognised.

Dry stone walls
Deadline looms for dry stone wall entries

This is the deadline the deadline for nominations in Yorkshire's dry stone walling awards as judges begin hiking many miles up hill and down dale as they rate the craftsman skills of wallers in the Country Land and Business Association's unique competition.

Launched to ensure the survival of the traditional craft, the competition has attracted nominations from landowners, farmers and wallers throughout the county. Held in association with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild, the awards are unique in the UK because they apply to new or rebuilt walls in the countryside rather than the temporary, short stretches built in show contests.

Marks are awarded for use of local style, impact on the landscape, tidiness and difficulty of terrain. The winner will receive a perpetual challenge trophy in the form of an engraved glass walling stone.

The judges are expert wallers Michael Booth of Otley and David Bentley of York. Details from the CLA on 01347 823803.

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