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Walling course provides firm foundation for heritage skills

Dry stone walls are one of the defining characteristics of the Staffordshire Moorlands with well built walls lasting for decades.

A two-day course taking place next month is offering people the chance to learn this heritage skill and leave their mark on the Moorlands for years to come.

Led by an experienced, professional waller and trainer, the course is aimed at people with no prior walling knowledge who want to learn a traditional craft. It is taking place at Biddulph Grange Country Park on Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 September.

Councillor Brian Johnson, cabinet member for leisure and countryside at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, said: "There's a real art to building dry stone walls and the best ones can last for up to 80 years before they need rebuilding so people taking part in this course will really be leaving a legacy for the next generation.

"These courses, which focus on keeping heritage skills and crafts alive, are always very popular. The attraction will no doubt be increased as this one in September is taking place in the beautiful surroundings of Biddulph Grange Country Park so I'd urge would-be-wallers to sign up quickly to avoid disappointment!"

Places cost £50. Please call 01538 395522 to book.