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Dry Stone Walling Competition

The board holds an annual dry stone walling competition in partnership with the Cotswolds branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain. Winners in each class receive prize money and a trophy and 2nd and 3rd places receive prize money. The competition is free to enter and has the following classes:

  • Professional
  • Amateur/ Part-time Professional
  • Novice
  • Beginners Pairs


2014 Dry Stone Walling Competition  

This year the Cotswolds Conservation Board is holding the annual dry stone walling competition at Adam Henson’s Cotswolds Farm Park on Saturday 20th September 2014 from 9am - 4pm

Competitors will repair a 40 metre stretch of wall which forms part of the Cotswolds Farm Estate and will have the chance to win the top £120 prize money. All competitors completing their section of wall but not receiving a trophy or prize money will receive £10 for finishing.

 Spectators are very welcome and refreshments will be available throughout the day. 

To download a registration form click here

For rules and regulations regarding the completion click here 


Please return the completed form no later than Tuesday 16th September 2014 to david.molloy@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk or by post to:


David Molloy 

Cottswolds Conservation Board




GL54 3JH

Tel: 01451 862000

Fax:  01451 862001


2013 Dry Stone Walling Competition 

Last year's competition took place at the National Trust's Sherborne Park Estate, Gloucestershire on Sunday 6th October.

The wall in question, estimated to be over 100 years old, was in desperate need of repair and had collapsed in several places. However, this did not deter the competitors who within 45 minutes of the start had stripped out the old wall and began work on the foundations of the new wall that would be erected in in place. As the sun gradually rose towards mid-day so too did the new wall rise from the ground and by lunch time it was half way complete.

After a brief restbite, including delicious sandwiches and cakes provided by the Sherborne Village Cafe, the wallers got back to work. As the clock ticked away, more and more competitors finished their allocated sections of the wall and were able to step back, wipe the sweat from their brow and admire the elegant construction in front of them.

At 4.30pm the whistle was blown and the competition was over. All that remained now was to find out who had won...............


 2013 Competition Results

Open Class 1st place: Gordon Simpson (Yorkshire); 2nd place: Lydia Noble (Yorkshire): 3rd place: Kath Wright (Gloucestershire)

Amateur Class 1st place: Edward Park (Cumbria): 2nd place: Phillip Sexton (Worcestershire); 3rd place: Scott Read (Oxfordshire)

Novice Class: 1st place: Andrew Cordery (Glouctershire)

Beginner Pairs: 1st place: Janet Deller (Warwickshire) & Harriet Baldwin (Oxfordshire)


Watch a video of last year's competition here www.youtube.com/watch








For more information please contact David Molloy our Rural Skills Officer on 01451 862002. david.molloy@cotswoldsaonb.org.uk