Dry stone walls are a very old feature of our landscape. They provide a clear illustration of the importance of local stone as a building material.
We want to preserve them. Will you help us?
The Landscape Partnership is running a series of 'have a go' one and two day events. Come along and try your hand at building a wall.
We are also recruiting 5 Volunteer Rangers to improve the walls, lead work parties and undertake their own projects.
Tell me more about dry stone walls...
The art of maintaining dry stone walls is disappearing as a traditional skill.
With the creation of wire fencing and the mechanisation of farming (resulting in far fewer people working in the countryside) our traditional dry stone walls have become redundant. They are falling into disrepair and the vital knowledge about how to maintain them is gradually disappearing too. We don't want this to happen.
The distribution of dry stone walls in the South Dorset Ridgeway reflects local rock type. For example, there are only stone walls above limestone deposits, or nearby.
Spring has sprung, the birds are busy nesting, and we are putting down our billhooks and our bowsaws and taking up our id guides and clipboards to survey the flora of the Ridgeway. The more we know about the wildlife on our patch, the better able we are to look after it, so take a look at our Events page to see what's coming up and join us if you can.
What histories, what stories would these stones, and ancient barrows tell us if they could talk?
What legends, fairy tales, local myths and oral histories have been woven into and around the landscape? What natural and created sounds can be heard high on the skyline underground, along footpaths, ancient tracks, and whispering woodlands?
In a ground-breaking new project as part of the South Dorset Landscape Partnership (The Land of Bone and Stone), a series of smartphone Apps have been developed which allows you to experience this universe for yourself!
Partners SATSYMPH have laid out a series of sound-pools in 7 evocative locations along the South Dorset Ridgeway. Access the sound-pools by downloading an app onto your smartphone, plus background maps, and head out to any of the 7 locations. Once there, open the app, plug your headphones in and wander. Your smartphone automatically senses the sound-hotspots through GPS and opens out the sound experience.
Land Bone Stone Apps 1-3 were made by the 3-man artistic collective SATSYMPH working with DIVAcontemporary, Sir John Colfox School (Bridport), Beaminster School, Weymouth College and Dorset Studio School, InsideOut Dorset, Artmusic, Frances Aitken and members of the public.