South West Scotland Branch

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Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

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Other Events

 Garden Scotland - Ingliston 2013


This years joint branch event at Ingliston was a celtic knot design. Initially it was going to be two knots which intertwined with self standing arches set at the crossing points. However, due to some technical difficulties, plan B was put in place and it was decided that the arches would rest on the lower wall. The weather over the weekend favoured the build with the rain staying away. It was a good turn out on both days from most of the branches with 3 from SWS in attendance. Our newest member had disappeared however when the time for a photo came about!

6 members of the branch took part in a very interesting one day demonstration on behalf of Gatehouse Development Initiative at Cairnsmore Viaduct.They had asked Nic if the branch could put on a display of dyking for some european visitors who were touring around Dumfries and Galloway as part of an ongoing exchange programme. Nic approached Jim Scott who agreed to offer his help in this matter. Neil MacKie identified a suitable gap in an existing dyke and it was decided to build a proper gateway to a footpath. We sourced stone from further up the embankment and, with some very useful mechanical assistance, built two very sturdy cheek ends and rebuild the wall attached. The visitors came along to watch as we were half-way through. They were very impressed with the skills shown and some were keen to join in. The weather and the midges stayed fairly reasonable and a good day dyking was had by all

Garden Scotland 2014. The joint event this year was to build a cottage garden in memory of of the lost gardeners of the first world war. Members came from all the Scottish branches to assist in the build and despite the damp weather everyone enjoyed the construction.

Royal Highland Show. June 2014. Branch members were involved in the building of a demonstration wall. Jim Scott, Master Craftsman, provided the inspiration and control of the building work as well as explaining building techniques to  interested viewers.

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Our latest joint branch event was held at Threave Estate near Castle Douglas. We had put a proposal in to the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership to build a demonstration dyke which would incorporate the different style of dykes which are found in the Galloway Glens area - boulder, double and Galloway style. With the assistance of the estate manager fro Threave, Dave Thompson, we picked a suitable site on Kelton Hill on the far end of Threave Estate, which has a beautiful view of Castle Douglas and the surrounding area. Most of the stone came from the estate with local dyker Keith dempster sourcing granite copes for the top. Garth Heinrich supervised the volunteers over the weekend with a great turnout from the South East Scotland branch. The weather on the Saturday could not have been better with the sun shining on our endeavours and, along with NTS volunteers, a great portion of the dyke was built which included a seat built in to enable people to take in the view. On the Sunday, however, the weather took a turn for the worse and conditions became very slippery underfoot but everyone who returned continued the build with great enthusiasm. Intially we intended to only build a small section but it was decided to join the dyke onto an existing wall which extended the buikd to over 25m. We had a lot of people visiting the site to watch (and occasionally assist) the build and members of the Galloway Glens Landscape Partnership came to film some of the build for their records. All in all everyone who helped out had a great time and are looking forward to the next one.