South West Scotland Branch

                                                                   of the

Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain

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Other Events

Craftsman Certification Tests at Craigshiels Outdoor Centre, Ae Forest, Dumfries - September 2011.

Four candidates were present - 2 sitting the Intermediate test and 2 sitting the Initial test. Unfortunately, due to heavy rain the previous night, the Intermediate candidates had to cope with a considerable amount of standing water.

Sadly, the 2 sitting the Intermediate did not achieve a pass but our 2 branch members, Nic Coombey and Linda Wilson, did achieve their Initial certificate.

Examiners for the tests were Bruce Curtis and Andrew Mason - Bruce from Edinburgh and Andrew from Cumbria.

Gardening Scotland June 2012


This year's joint branch project was a feature incorporating different beebole designs and surrounded by a bee friendly garden. A silver medal was acheived. Three of our members joined in and were responsible for the middle bole. There was also a variety of bee skeps which are used to house the bees instead of a hive. Traditionally woven from natural materials such as straw, bramble and willow these skeps were inserted into the bole and would protect the bees from the elements. The weather was very kind on both days and a demonstration cheekend build was put on on the weekend of the show.

 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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