Welcome to the Dorset branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA). If you would like to understand how to build a dry stone wall, why not join a course, and then if you want to continue learning this skill become a member.

With due regard to the  COVID-situation, we have restarted small scale outdoor walling activities for our members.

The Branch successfully delivered Craft Certification Training, within COVID-19 guidelines, over the Summer/Autumn of 2020. All participants achieved LANTRA/DSWA Certification.

Over the Summer/Autumn of 2021 we also ran three successful beginners weekends. One at Spyway, near Langton Matraversm, Purbeck and two on Corton Down, near Martinstown on the South Dorset Ridgeway.

We plan to offer three beginners Courses in 2022. Further details will be provided closer to the dates.

7th-8th May 2022: Purbeck

2nd-3rd July 2022: Corton Down, South Dorset Ridgeway. Near Martinstown.

24th-25th September 2022: Corton Down, South Dorset Ridgeway. Near Martinstown.

Please see Courses for more information and to to reserve a space.
Please select Events for details of our other group activities or Contact us for general enquiries.

A free course place is offered to an individual meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Currently unemployed (the branch wishes to support people into employment)
  • Veteran of the Armed Forces (the branch wishes to thank those who have served our Country)

Individuals will be required to provide evidence of their status.

Know anybody who’d fancy trying the ancient craft of dry stone walling? How about a beginner’s course gift voucher? They can even learn how to repair that gap in the wall at home! Select Courses for more information.

The Dorset branch is part of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA). Our aim is to encourage interest in the repair and preservation of dry stone walls.

We run many courses and events throughout the year including beginners’ courses, demonstrations at shows, members’ practice weekends and exams.

If you want to learn more, to take part in one of our courses or exams, or if you are a professional dry stone waller, we have something in our program to suit you.

We welcome people of all abilities and are keen for you to come and see for yourself why it appeals to so many, the reward of seeing a job well done – and what fun it can be!

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