Dry-stone walling competition winners announced
Eighteen dry-stone wallers from across the region took part in this year's annual Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Open Dry Stone Walling Competition held at Tetbury on Sunday, 3 October and organised by the Cotswolds Conservation Board along with the Cotswold branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association.
Four classes of competitors - beginner pairs, novice, amateur and professional – battled it out for the prestigious walling trophy and up to £120 cash prize under the expert eye of Master Craftsmen judges, Richard Ingles and Bill Noble, from the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) of Great Britain.
The winners were announced as follows:
- Professional: 1st:John Byrne from Nailsworth, Gloucestershire.
- Amateur: 1st: Andy Deller from Salford, Oxfordshire; 2nd: Phillip Sexton from Pebworth, Warwickshire; 3rd: Edmund Trainer from Mickleton, Gloucestershire.
- Novice: 1st: Barry Dunne from Cirencester ; 2nd Tom Gillett
- Beginner Pairs: 1st: Shirley Williams and Howard Boswell; 2nd Julia Thomas and Rebecca from Oxfordshire; 3rd Stuart Leaver and Nick Jones from Gloucestershire.
Competition organiser, Rural Skills & Grants Officer at the Cotswolds Conservation Board, David Molloy said: "Despite the rain on the day, we had an excellent turnout for this year’s competition with over 40 spectators who braved the weather to support the competitors. The quality of the walls was once again very high and we are very grateful to everyone who helped make it a successful day."
Cotswolds AONB fact file
- The Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is looked after by the Cotswolds Conservation Board – an independent organisation with 37 members, 15 nominated by local authorities, 8 by parish councils and 14 appointed by Government.
- The Government has designated Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs) and National Parks as our finest countryside and they are recognised as being of national importance.
- With its rolling hills and valleys the Cotswolds is the second largest protected landscape in England after the Lake District National Park. It covers 2,038 square kilometres (790 square miles), stretching from Warwickshire and Worcestershire in the north, through Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire, down to Bath and Wiltshire in the south.
- The Cotswolds AONB is the largest of the family of 46 AONBs in the UK. For further details: www.aonb.org.uk