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Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA)

The Dry Stone Walling Association is an organisation committed to the preservation of dry stone walls throughout Great Britain and to the training of people in the craft of dry stone walling. It is a means to obtain industry recognised qualifications by way of a practical course and a timed exam. Their site is an excellent resource for information about dry stone walling. Visit at



Bellevue Park Restoration Project

Belle Vue Park is a public park first opened in 1894. Belle Vue Park was in urgent need of repair because of general deterioration and subsequent vandalism. The park and buildings have been returned to their former glory, even getting a replacement bandstand. The refurbished pavilion now incorporates a tea room (serving cakes, light lunches etc.) and hospitality rooms. Live bands can be heard throughout the summer and the pavilion is even available for weddings. Follow this link to the Newport City Council web site to learn more.


Cowbridge Physic Garden

The Cowbridge Physic Garden is a renovated 18th century garden. Following a concerted effort by local volunteers, money was raised to transform the garden (previously a largely neglected and overgrown tree nursery for the council) into its current splendor. The original 18th century garden was laid out as a medicinal (physic) garden. All the plants growing today are traditional herbal remedies, set out in flowerbeds appropriate to the parts of the body that they treat. The garden is beautiful, educational, quiet, relaxing and is open to the public most days. Visit their web site at:



Stone walls and the environment

Walls made of natural stone are far better for the environment. Stone is often the most energy efficient type of building material to produce and stone walls are more environmentally and monetary cost effective in the long term. They require minimal maintenance, far outlast other types of field/garden boundaries and, in our opinion, look nicer. They also have a positive impact on the environment.

Dry stone walls may first appear to be barren and desolate places. However, they play an important role in the local ecology and can provide unique habitats. They are home to toads, slow-worms, adders, voles, field mice, and various insects. They act as corridors for wild mammals moving from one place to another and provide shelter from the weather. They act as nesting/perching sites for birds and roosting holes for bats. They are germinating sites for plants (especially in retaining walls) and are excellent surfaces for mosses and lichens. For more information see the DSWA Walls and Wildlife page.




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