Cotswolds annual dry-stone walling competition
PUBLISHED: 14:34 25 September 2012 | UPDATED: 21:56 20 February 2013
The spectacular Gatcombe Park Estate, home of HRH The Princess Royal and her family, will be the setting for this year's Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Competition which is taking place on Sunday, October 7.
The spectacular Gatcombe Park Estate, home of HRH The Princess Royal and her family, will be the setting for this years Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Competition which is taking place on Sunday, October 7.
Organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board, in partnership with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) and with the support of Huntsmans Quarries, the event will see competitors of all abilities vying for the prestigious walling trophy and up to 120 cash prize.
Depending on which class they enter, competitors will have to strip and rebuild a certain length of wall to the correct specification. The rules associated with the competition are strict with marks awarded for quality of foundations, cope stones, sides, middle filling, batter and straightness.
Estate Manager, Arthur Witchell said: Dry stone walls are a key feature of the Gatcombe Park Estate and we are therefore delighted to be able to host the Cotswolds Dry Stone Walling Competition this year. We very much look forward to meeting the competitors and seeing the final walls.
David Molloy, rural skills officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, said: This is the first time the competition will have been held at Gatcombe Park and we are grateful to the Estate for letting us have this opportunity. Im sure that it will be another successful and popular event whereby we can help to keep the skills alive but also celebrate excellence and quality craftsmanship.
The competition is free to enter and has four classes: Professional; Amateur/Part-Time Professional; Novice; Beginners Pairs.There is an additional prize for the best waller under 21 years of age. The draw for stints takes place from 8.45am with work completed at 4.15pm and prizes awarded at 4.30pm.
Anyone wishing to enter the competition can do so by registering online at www.cotswoldsruralskills.org.uk or by calling the Cotswolds Conservation Board on 01451 862000. Spectators are welcome.