Offenders learn art of dry stone walling

Police car.
Police car.

A project involving the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) has seen offenders from North Yorkshire learning the art of dry stone walling.

During November and December, eight offenders completed a six-day dry stone walling course in the Yorkshire Dales and achieved an accredited qualification through the Building Blocks scheme, a training programme for offenders which rebuilds damaged dry stone walls in Upper Nidderdale.

A joint project between the Nidderdale AONB and The Lincolnshire, Humberside and North Yorkshire Community Rehabilitation Company, the scheme runs as part of the Upper Nidderdale Landscape Partnership, with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the North Yorkshire Police Crime Commissioner’s Community Fund.

Iain Mann, landscape partnership scheme manager with the Nidderdale AONB, said: “Dry stone walls are a hugely valuable part of the Nidderdale AONB landscape but many are deteriorating and it’s an uphill battle to keep them in good repair. Restoring them is important because they provide livestock control, they are of significant heritage value and they help to shape the landscape of the Dales.”