Dry stone walling: living history & a sustainable heritage practice
The locally sourced stone was used in pretty much every aspect of the recent constructions and everything was built by hand: stone by stone, using the dry stone walling technique that can be traced back to the Iron Age and today is considered to be living history and a sustainable heritage practice. Dry stone walls, like those which are a major feature in Vida Sana, can be seen in parts of the UK, such as Cumbria, The Lake District, North York Moors, and also in various locations across Ireland. In fact there are now Dry Stone Wall Associations in both Great Britain and Ireland, working to keep this wonderful practice alive.
Not everyone has the talent for dry stone walling, so we’ve been very lucky that my father-in-law discovered that he has almost a vocation for dry stone walling. When he has been building the walls, it is as if he is at one with the stones.
“Watch a beginner and you can tell within two minutes if they’ve got a knack for it, says Richard Ingles. It takes a certain kind of eye-brain co-ordination, dry stone walling: you need to be able to look at a stone and know straight away whether it’s the one you want.” Excerpt from the Guardian newspaper.