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We are over the Moon for Supplying Richard Clegg for another Chelsea Flower Show Win

Upper Cumberworth, Dry Stone Walling

Abacus Stone Sales supplied reclaimed dry stone walling for a project in Upper Cumberworth, near Huddersfield.

This was another dry stone wall project in which Abacus Stone Sales worked with master dry stone waller Richard Clegg, a Yorkshire-based multi medal winner at Chelsea Flower Show.

The wall was built around a new build house that was also constructed using reclaimed stone. The new wall contained features such as a postbox and gateway which create a characterful entrance to the property.

Dry stone walling is abundant across the English countryside, in part because it is a cost-effective way to enhance the look of a property or garden. Our reclaimed Yorkshire stone is ideal for this purpose, as it is naturally durable and has a character-filled weathered appearance

If you are searching for new or reclaimed stone for a walling project, contact Abacus Stone Sales here to find out how we can help. 

Summer 2015 dry stone walling competitions

Building dry stone walls is not only a key job in rural parts of the country, it can also be a very competitive event.

The construction of the hard-wearing, environmentally-friendly walls that contribute so much to the distinctive look of the British countryside is a highly skilled occupation and each summer the experts have the chance to demonstrate their skills in contests.

Some of the events are organised by local branches of the Dry Stone Walling Association of Great Britain (DSWA), while others are part of long-established agricultural shows.

If you are a dry stone waller who wants to take part, or just a member of the public interested in how it is done, there are competitions at:

Abacus Stone Sales supplies reclaimed Yorkstone for use as dry stone walling across the UK. To check prices and availability call us on 07711 997026 or get in touch via the website.

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5 ways to use dry stone walls in garden designs

Dry stone walls are an integral part of the character of rural Yorkshire, with their beautiful natural look disguising the fact they are highly practical and durable. The technique is also great for garden walls, but you don’t have to stick to boundary walling to enjoy this type of traditional feature.

You won’t need to go to the expense of buying new stone to create a characterful wall in your garden. All you need is some good quality reclaimed Yorkstone and a little inspiration.

Traditional boundary wall

A traditional dry stone wall around the boundary of your garden, like the one above by West Yorkshire-based Drystone Wallers, always looks good.

Private garden areas

Dry stone walls are a stylish way to create different zones in large gardens, allowing you to use a range of different styles or to create some secluded spots for relaxing. Here, Llama Developments of Macclesfield have used a section of garden wall to make a private area.

The feature wall

If you are planning a full makeover of your outdoor space, you can make a dry stone wall a real feature, as Pennsylvania’s R A Hoffman Architects did with this rustic wall around the lawn.

Tiered beds

Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a flat area for their garden and if you have steep slopes to deal with, tiers are a great way to create usable space.

A dry stone wall is an effective and attractive form of retaining wall for tiers, as the clever design above by Mackenzie Pronk Architects of Sydney shows.

With much more space available, Wallace Landscape Associatescreated tiers of lawn and also included both beds and steps within this garden wall.

The fantasy back garden

If you have a huge back garden (and the sort of weather we don’t enjoy that often here in the heart of Yorkstone country), you can even surround your pool with dry stone walling, as J Brownlee Design did here.

Whatever design you choose for your garden, we can supply all the reclaimed walling stone you need. Call us today on 07711 997 026 or contact us via the website for further details or to place your order.

Yorkshire dry stone walling competition launched

The Country and Land Business Association (CLA) is organising the 2014 Dry Stone Wall Competition in conjunction with the Yorkshire Dry Stone Walling Guild.

Judges will look at new or rebuilt walls in Yorkshire countryside settings and score them on criteria including impact on the landscape, use of local style, tidiness and difficulty of the terrain.

CLA regional director Dorothy Fairburn said: “This competition is all about real farmers and land managers building real walls in the countryside as opposed to just a temporary section at a show.

“It is a great opportunity to promote and reward the skills and achievements of those who work to preserve Yorkshire’s distinctive dry stone walls and ensure the continuation of the craft.”

The winner of the biennial competition – which was won by Ingleton-based dry stone waller Michael Coggins in 2012 – will receive an engraved glass walling stone trophy.

Any dry stone waller who lives or works in Yorkshire can take part in the competition free of charge, with entry forms available by calling 01748 907070.

To check prices and availability of dry stone walling materials from Abacus Stone Sales, call us on 07711 997026 or get in touch viainfo@abacusstonesales.co.uk.