Twenty volunteers are now skilled and ready to conserve and enhance the iconic drystone walls on the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) thanks to the AONB Unit.
The AONB Unit worked with an accredited Dry Stone Walling Association trainer to train and enhance the skills of 20 of its volunteers. Over two days, volunteers learnt the principles and theory behind local Mendip drystone walls, and gained practical skills and experience in correctly constructing and repairing these iconic features.
There are over 400km of walls in the Mendip Hills AONB and 60% are thought to be in an advanced stage of decay or derelict. Drystone walls are one of the special qualities of the Mendip Hills AONB, criss-crossing the plateau they define the sense of place, reveal the limestone geology below, provide lifelines for wildlife to travel along and are a visual clue to the changes in agriculture that have happened across this nationally important landscape.
A well-built dry stone wall can stay standing for hundreds of years. With the new and refreshed skills of the Mendip Hills AONB volunteers and a programme of practical sessions throughout the year, the walls and wildlife of Mendip look set for a brighter future.
The AONB Unit offer lots of opportunities for volunteers, to find out more click here.