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Dry stone walls are part of our heritage and an important and attractive way to define boundaries.

Laying the stones without using mortar is an age-old technique which keeps the walls strong and stable.

The finer details

Our Level 1 Certificate in Dry Stone Walling is a regulated qualification and gives you the option to go on to achieve a recognised national qualification that will cement those skills.

You will undertake basic walling and be able to rebuild gaps in free-standing dry stone walls.

Complete this level and you can go on to Levels 2 and 3.

Improve your awareness of safe working practices and the preservation of our wildlife and habitat.

There are three mandatory units to complete Level 1:

  • Prepare to Build a Dry Stone Wall
  • Build and Pack Dry Stone Walls
  • Using Copestones.

Delivery method

Theory and Practical

Who should attend?

The Level 1 certificate is ideal if you are already practising aspects of dry stone walling and want a recognised qualification, or to retrain for a new career in employment or voluntary work in environmental conservation.

Worth noting:  If you are under 16 years of age you will need consent from a parent or guardian to take this qualification.

What will be covered?

Unit 1, Prepare to build a dry stone wall, you will:

  • Know how to strip down a dry stone wall
  • Prepare a dry stone wall for rebuilding
  • Know how to prepare the foundations for a dry stone wall
  • Lay the foundation of a dry stone wall.

Unit 2, Build and pack dry stone wall, you will:

  • Know how to build and pack the first lift of a dry stone wall
  • Know how to place and pack through stones
  • Know how to build and pack the second lift of a dry stone wall.

Unit 3, Using copestones, you will:

  • Understand the purpose of using copestones in dry stone walling
  • Know how to set and secure copestones/toppings.

Other areas of interest

  • Level 2 Certificate in Dry Stone Walling
  • Level 3 Certificate in Dry Stone Walling
  • Practical Hedge Laying.
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