Katie Lowry dry stone walling low resTraditional skills training is on offer for enthusiastic people wishing to try their hand at dry-stone walling in the South Pennines.

Stone walls are an integral part of the South Pennines landscape but due to a loss in the necessary skills to maintain them many miles of these walls have fallen into disrepair. But now The Conservation Volunteers are working with the Watershed Landscape project, managed by Pennine Prospects, to help people gain the necessary skills for dry stone walling through a series of two day courses.

“Do you want to try your hand at dry stone walling?” asked Robin Gray, of Pennine Prospects. “The two day courses are open to anyone, with all tools and equipment provided. No experience is necessary; just plenty of enthusiasm.”

Courses will run on the weekends of Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26; Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23; and Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, at Piethorne Reservoir, Ogden Lane, Newhey, Rochdale. Free minibus pick-ups are available with details available on booking.

These weekend introductory courses, run by The Conservation Volunteers, cost just £20, or £10 for students and the unemployed, and will earn you a nationally recognised certificate.

To book a place on one of the courses contact Katie Lowry at Manchester@tcv.org.uk or on 07740899539.



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