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Cherry Tree Lodge, Beginners’ Training Course in Dry Stone Walling

For further information and details of this training event please click on the link below.  To book please note the link near the foot of this document.

Dry Stone Walling Flyer Oct 19 (2)

How to get there

From North or South on M90 take Junction 4 and follow signs to Dollar & Saline, passing Baxter’s. Once in Saline follow road downhill past general store then turn R into North Road, then immediately R again into Bridge St. About 1 mile on, pass Grey Craigs Cottage (eggs) on LHS until road takes sharp bend to the right and here turn L to follow lane to Milton Farm. Follow lane to the end. Please drive very slowly to reduce wear on the track and in case of loose animals. If coming from other directions email contact person.

 

Beginners’ Training Course in Dry Stone Walling

Located on a farm on the outskirts of Forfar, just minutes from the A90 dual carriageway, our beginners training course is the perfect choice for those looking to learn the traditional craft of dry stone walling, while enjoying the Scottish countryside.

As a trainee, you will have the chance to help rebuild a dry stone farm dyke essential for helping to keep the farmer’s sheep safe.  South Mains is a new venue this year for our training course and the easily manageable stone makes it a perfect choice.

What you will learn

Working as part of a team, you will learn to dismantle and rebuild a section of old or damaged wall using traditional skills and techniques over two days. Our qualified instructors will teach you:

  • Health & Safety – How to stay safe when working with stone
  • Stripping out & sorting stone – How to dismantle and lay out stone safely and efficiently
  • Laying foundations – How to prepare and lay strong foundations for your wall
  • Setting bars & lines – How to ensure your wall runs straight
  • First lift & hearting – How to select and lay stones and the importance of hearting
  • Through-stones – How to tie your wall together with through-stones
  • Second Lift – How to build and level to full height
  • Cover bands & Cope Stones – How to finish off your wall with cover bands and cope stones

What we provide

  • All the equipment required to build a wall
  • Expert tuition

What you’ll need to bring

  • Warm old clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and trousers. While we hope for good weather, we prepare for the worst.
  • Stout shoes or boots, preferably with steel toe caps. If you are wearing wellies then they must have toe protection.
  • Sturdy robust gloves. We recommend getting a pair of builders gloves like these. (Similar gloves are available from other DIY and tool suppliers)
  • Safety glasses/goggles. There will be safety goggles available,  but if you have a pair, bring them along.
  • Tea/Coffee/Water. It’s thirsty work and we’ll stop for regular breaks.
  • Snacks are generously provided by the owners at no extra cost, but you should bring your own sandwiches and plenty of water.

Who can do it

We encourage everyone to give it a try, but due to the nature of working with heavy stone, the course is only for people over the age of 16. If you have any questions about whether this would be suitable for you, please feel free to get in touch and we can advise accordingly.

What it costs

The course costs £90 per person, starting at 9am and finishing at 4pm on both days.

Booking and Payment

To book a place, simply click on “Tickets” or go straight to our booking form and fill in our application form, making sure to enter your full name, address and a contact telephone number before selecting which event you wish to attend.

Once submitted, one of our members will be in touch to confirm your booking and provide you with a form which you will need to print and sign before returning to us with your payment via cheque.

Cheques are payable to “DSWA – Central Scotland Branch”.  Unfortunately we are not able to take card payments.

Your payment will book your place on the course. In the event that you need to cancel, please provide at least 24 hours notice and we will be happy to provide a full refund.

Buying as a gift

If you would like to purchase one of our courses as a gift for someone, please tick the “Purchasing as a gift” box on the application form and fill out the recipients details.

Directions

From the A90 just south of Forfar turn right on to the A932 signed Arbroath, then in a few yards turn right again at The Mill restaurant.  This road bends sharply left.  From here South Mains farm is the first on the right.  From the North on A90, the road is signed Ladenford and Lour.  Then follow directions as above.

If you have any other questions about the event prior to booking, please feel free to get in touch via our contact page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Camserney Farm Build

This will be the second of two days working at Camserney.  It will involve building a 3 metre stretch of  wall.  The wall above, in a neighbouring garden, will give you an idea of the kind of stone in the area – although not its weight!

Soup and Sandwiches will be available.

Camserney:  PH15 2JG From Aberfeldy, take the B846 towards Kinloch Rannoch.  Three miles from the centre of Aberfeldy a road to the RHS is signed Camserney. DO NOT take this road; take the next RH turn after it, up farm track and park as directed. . S & S.

Camserney Farm Repair

This will be the first of two days working at Camserney.  It will involve repairing a 3 metre stretch of  wall.  The wall above, in a neighbouring garden, will give you an idea of the kind of stone in the area – although not its weight!

Soup and Sandwiches will be available.

Camserney:  PH15 2JG From Aberfeldy, take the B846 towards Kinloch Rannoch.  Three miles from the centre of Aberfeldy a road to the RHS is signed Camserney. DO NOT take this road; take the next RH turn after it, up farm track and park as directed. . S & S.

Cowden Japanese Garden (S&S)

 

Members will be continuing to work on the boundary wall, at the edge of the beautifully restored Japanese Gardens at Cowden, one mile north of Dollar. The gardens were originally developed by Ella Christie of Cowden Castle in the early 20th Century and sadly vandalised in the 1960s. They have recently been restored by her great, great niece Sara Stewart. They are now open to the public from April to October. Above is a water channel, which the branch worked on a couple of years ago.

On the A91 going south-westwards pass through Yetts o’ Muckhart and then Pool o’ Muckhart. Approx 1 km along A91 the Upper Hillfoot Road turns off right (left if coming from Dollar); take this and travel another 1km approx. Garden is brown signed.

Cambo Members’ Practice

The team stop for a photo opportunity while building the car park wall at Cambo.  This will be the 2nd of two weekends working on this project this year.  Soup and sandwiches provided.

Follow the brown signs on A917 from St Andrews-Crail road.  Cambo is one mile south of Kingsbarns.

South Mains Farm Members’ Practice

An opportunity to practice basic dyke building skills.

From the A90 just south of Forfar turn east on to the A932 signed Arbroath, then in a few yards turn right again at Lochlands Restaurant and caravan park.  The road bends sharply left.  South Mains farm is the first on the right.  From the North on A90 the road is signed Ladenford and Lour.

 

 

Burmieston Farm

Burmieston proved to be a popular venue last year, with varied and challenging stone.  This year, we will continue to repair some of the old walls around the farm and steading.

Note this event is on a Sunday and Monday.

Burmieston provides a venue and accommodation and aims to be as eco-friendly, sustainable and organic as possible.

From Perth take the A9 north to junction B8063 and exit left towards Battleby and Logiealmond.  After 4 miles the road bends sharply left. Continue straight ahead towards Little Glenshee.  After 2 miles turn right to Burmieston.

Blackruthven Members’ Practice

Members will be working alongside the trainees on the annual visit to Blackruthven.  A great opportunity to work on a stretch of farm dyke with easily manageable stone.

Blackruthven is off the A85 Perth-Crieff road, at west Huntingtower. Go south, signed Tibbermore & Madderty. A mile along on the LHS is the Bield Centre; immediately before that entrance on RHS is a farm track which will be DSWA signposted.

Stonefest at Murton

It’s a long time since the branch worked at Murton – the wall below was build under the tutelage of Dave Brown in 2005.

Since then, thanks to the vision of the two founding trustees, many changes have taken place to restore the land to a high environmental standard.  Today it is a thriving nature reserve, providing educational opportunities for people of all ages.  See www.murtontrust.org.uk

Stonefest will be a celebration of stone and will include:

  • A presentation by David F Wilson, public artist, designer and waller
  • the opportunity to: build a mini-wall or an inukshuk
  • watch demonstrations of walling, look at displays, pick up leaflets,
  • chat to members of the Central Scotland Branch and find out about local training courses.

From Forfar follow the A932 for Arbroath for approx 2 miles. You will pass Forfar golf course on the right.  Just before the sign for the Kookaburra Restaurant, turn left as indicated by the brown sign.