TWO more people have been trained in the art of building and repairing the region’s dry stone walls.
Lee Hope, from Gateshead, and Dale Pattinson, from Tow Law, have successfully passed their Level 2 Lantra accredited test at the Low Kays Lea Test Centre, near Hamsterley in County Durham.
The six-month traineeship was part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Partnership’s Heritage Landscape Skills project.
The training centre, run by Peter Dent for six years, works with an average of 25 candidates each year.
He said: “Following a course of intensive training from Beginner through Lantra Level 1 to Level 2 can fast track someone into the dry stone walling industry, but there is no substitute for actual experience, which is the benefit of the North Pennines AONB Partnership’s scheme.”
Lee Hope, one of the trainees said, “It was a privilege to be placed with Allan Rosemurgey, a local dry stone waller. His experience working with local stone and his knowledge of walling is something you just could not get anywhere else. You get a lot of satisfaction in knowing the walls that you are building are going to be there for many years to come.”