National Awards for Drystone Walling
Prestigious awards donated by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales were awarded at this year’s Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Drystone Walling Competition.
The contest, took place at Prestons Folly, Broadfield Farm near Tetbury on Sunday 5th October and was run by the Cotswolds Conservation Board in partnership with the Cotswold branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain.
Competitors had the chance to enter one of four classes: class one - professional, class two - amateur, class three - novice and class four - beginner pairs.
The winner of the professional class was Andrew Mason from Cumbria, the amateur title was taken by Andy Deller from Oxfordshire, Phillip Sexton from Warwickshire was the winner of the novice class and Pete Egan and Conall Davies also from Warwickshire won the beginner pairs class.
Organiser, Mark Connelly from the Cotswolds Conservation Board said:
“This year’s event was exciting because it had an added dimension to it, in that it encompassed the Dry Stone Walling Association’s Annual Anniversary Walling Championship, which was held to celebrate the organisation’s 40th Anniversary. The event saw national finalists competing for awards that have been donated by the patron of the association, His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales.”