Pupils learn the ancient skill of dry stone walling

Garstang Community Academy pupils Harry Meadows and Nathan Whittaker just completing a section of the boundary wall on their dry stone walling course

Garstang Community Academy pupils Harry Meadows and Nathan Whittaker just completing a section of the boundary wall on their dry stone walling course

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AGRICULTURAL pupils from Garstang Community Academy have been learning the art of dry stone walling.

Pupils have been taken through a special course of the traditional craft as part of their studies for the BTEC in Horticulture.

The course, held at Cobble Hey Farm in Claughton-on-Brock and run by top dry stone wallers from Tamarack Outdoors, has been designed to enhance practical skills, techniques and give pupils valued experience.

As part of the qualification, pupils are expected to spend significant time on industry based, practical activities.

Student Jack Bowker said: “I enjoyed the experience and I learnt a lot.”

The course leaders worked alongside pupils, passing on their expertise of real walling jobs during the programme.

The 15 Year 11 students knocked down 20 metres of old wall which was in need of repair before rebuilding it. They then proceeded along the boundary of the farm, repairing parts of the wall as they went along.

Course director Mike Rushton said: “The students worked extremely hard and I was very impressed with their attitude to hard work.”