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Dry stone wall training

Published: 09/12/2014

Volunteers and rangers from Flintshire Countryside Service joined together recently to take part in a dry stone wall training course at Waun y Llyn Country Park. Participants rebuilt two metres of walling, and renovated existing stone stiles to match. Dry Stone Wall trainer, Colin Slater, spent a total of four days training up the group. The workshops were part of the Traditional Skills Training Workshops project, which has been funded by Cadwyn Clwyd, Rural Development Agency for Flintshire and Denbighshire, through the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) through the Welsh Government’s Rural Development Plan. Stephen Lewis, Countryside Ranger for Flintshire Countryside Service said: It is brilliant to be able to learn valuable old skills such as dry stone walling. The rangers and volunteers really enjoyed the experience and we plan to do more days training with Colin in the future. Councillor Bernie Attridge, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: The walls look fantastic, and the work to tie in the existing stone stiles has really paid off. Our thanks go to the volunteers in particular for their part in making this project such a success. Image Pictured L to R are Colin Slater (dry stone wall trainer), Lisa-Jayne Reeves (volunteer), Lawrence Gotts (Assistant Ranger, Flintshire Countryside Service) and Stuart Studdart (volunteer).