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West Yorkshire Branch

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of the Dry Stone Walling Association

West Yorkshire Branch

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The Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain is registered as a charitable organisation in England and Wales, no. 289678.


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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 Cumbria and its Head Office is based at the Westmorland County Showground, Crooklands from where all leaflets, books and equipment are available.  There is an outdoor exhibition showing the variety of stone found within the UK and how the type of stone affects the way in which walls are built in different parts of the country.  There is also a training site where practical courses are run.  This work was generously funded by the Cumbria Fells and Dales LEADER+ Programme.


DSWA is a registered charitable organisation and relies on membership subscriptions for much of its income.

Dry Stone Walling Association

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 UK and overseas.

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