The Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) is a charitable organisation committed to the preservation of dry stone walls throughout Great Britain and to the training of people in the craft of dry stone walling (drystone dyking in Scotland).
The DSWA works to improve knowledge and understanding of the craft. It produces a series of information leaflets, practical books on the craft and promotes walling competitions. There is also a national, graded, craft skills certification scheme and members all receive a lively magazine: the Waller & Dyker.
Drystone Walling courses
Local DSWA branches run training courses for people interested in learning how to build drystone walls. Training courses are run over a weekend, usually about four times a year, and are aimed at absolute beginners. Each course is very hands on, with nearly two full full days of practical work taking down and rebuilding a real wall, supplemented by some theory work. Each course is run by a working professional waller who is there help, guide and inspire. Otherwise, trainees are postively encouraged to roll up their sleeves and get stuck in.
If you are interested in courses that run in SE Scotland – Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Scottish Borders areas – contact Dave Taylor at the email address below.
There are 19 branches in the UK offering organises practice days for branch members and training days for those looking to learn how to build dry stone walls. The SE Scotland branch covers an area from Linlithgow in the West; Dunbar in the East and to Peebles in the South.
Local branch contacts:
Dave Taylor, Branch secretary
National Office contact details:
Address: Westmorland County Showground, Lane Farm, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7NH
Tel: 01539 567953
Web site: www.dswa.org.uk.