What we do
The CSDSWA mainly undertakes work for charities, community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Many small scale projects are passed on to us by our professional members, who also supervise our work and teach on our training courses.
What we don’t do
We run an annual members’ programme of walling and stonework-related activities from March to October. You do need to be a member of DSWA to take part in our members’ programme. There’s no extra charge for attending events. We aim to hold events over the whole area, and give experience of different types of local stone. Re-cladding a water channel? Reinforcing banks of a stream? Extending a wall in woodland? A seat in a museum garden? Repairing a wall in a country park? Set of steps? Just some of our recent events, all supervised by a competent waller.
Have a look at where we’ve been in 2017:
Public training courses
We also run public training courses, cost £85 for two days – no need to be a member of DSWA to attend one. There are usually 3 or 4 courses a year, spread across our area. Gift vouchers are also available.
Who attends these?
- People looking for a sociable outdoor hobby, a great way to contribute to our lovely countryside and maybe discover the builder in you…we’ve trained people aged 16 to 80, from every walk of life imaginable.
- People hoping to develop basic walling skills for work in outdoor, land-based industries – estate work, landscaping, gardening etc. Further training opportunities through DSWA. Qualification scheme available. Instructors are happy to advise.
- People with a project of their own, perhaps a wall in their garden. Stone and plants together…nice.
Our members’ programme and our public training courses are covered by Public Liability and Employer’s Liability Insurance.