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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Competition goes to the wall

The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has launched a contest to reward the craftsmen responsible for maintaining Yorkshire’s iconic dry stone walls.

The organisation, which represents thousands of landowners, farmers and rural businesses in the region, has launched its 2016 Dry Stone Wall Competition.

Aimed at preserving the county’s ancient craft of dry stone walling, the competition, which runs every two years, recognises and rewards the people behind the miles of distinctive walls that define the area's famous landscapes.

Held in association with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild, the competition judges new or rebuilt walls in the countryside and is not a contest between wallers building temporary short stretches.

CLA regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “This competition recognises and rewards farmers and land managers who spend years maintaining and building real walls in the countryside as opposed to just a temporary section at a show.

“It is also a celebration of the skills and achievements of those who work, often in extremely testing conditions, to preserve Yorkshire’s distinctive dry stone walls and ensure the continuation of the craft.”

Marks are awarded for use of local style, impact on the landscape, tidiness and difficulty of terrain. The winner receives the perpetual challenge trophy – a stunning engraved glass walling stone.

The current title holder is Lee Jones of Shipley, who impressed judges with a tricky stretch of wall bordering a farm at York Gate near Otley.

The competition is open to all wallers who live and work in Yorkshire and is free to enter. Entry forms are available by emailing: or telephoning: 01748 907070.

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