The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA) was founded in 1968 in Kirkcudbrightshire, by the late Mrs Murray-Usher and the Stewartry Drystane Dyking Committee. Since those early days, the Association has continued to expand and currently has over 1000 members in the
The history of dry stone walling
Dry stone walling in
Dry stone walling today
Today dry stone walling is prospering with an upsurge in interest in the environmental value of walls and the growth in prestigious garden, landscape and artistic projects. Dry stone walls are an important feature of the British landscape which should not be taken for granted.
As interest in environmental issues increases, dry stone walling sits comfortably within these parameters, being a sustainable product made from natural materials. Although initially appearing more expensive than fencing, with regular maintenance a dry stone wall could stand for 100 years and at the same time offering shelter and habitat for a wide variety of animals, birds and plants.
The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain
The main aims of the Association are to promote a greater understanding and knowledge about the traditional craft of dry stone walling and to encourage the repair and maintenance of dry stone walls throughout the country. DSWA operates a nationally accredited craftsman certification scheme, run in conjunction with Lantra Awards, which offers four levels of certification. DSWA branches offer a range of short courses, mainly for beginners, but there are some opportunities for more advanced training. Courses are also run by a number of colleges throughout the country, details of which are available from the office.
In 2004 DSWA relocated to
DSWA is a registered charitable organisation and relies on membership subscriptions for much of its income.
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