Course dates available are:
10th & 11th June
25th & 26th July
This 2 day course will take you through the steps on rebuilding and repairing drystane dykes. You will learn how to;
- To strip a dyke to foundation level correctly
- Rebuild the dyke to the correct height with correct batter and individual courses to the correct height
- Accurate placement of stones, covers and copes
- Repair gaps in damaged walls
- Identify particular stones for particular positions
- Build a dyke both structurally sound and aesthetically pleasing
What to bring with you – What to bring with you - Sturdy footwear (preferably steel toe capped), gloves, overalls or working clothes, suitable warm & waterproof outdoor clothing. We will be outdoors each day so please dress accordinly.
Location – Parking is available at Howietoun Fisheries. here The wall is a short walk 5 minute walk from here.
A bit about the site- Sharon Pearson Ltd (SPL) has recently purchased the historically significant Howietoun Fishery at Sauchiemill (4 miles south-west of Stirling) adding to its existing ownership of the adjacent Old Sauchie Walled Garden, the surrounding pasture and newly planted woodland. The holding (75 acres) is of regional, national, if not international importance in terms of its historic, architectural and environmental heritage. SPL’s mission is to secure the site from development in perpetuity; creating and maintaining a biodiverse haven for fauna and flora whilst restoring and conserving the historic buildings and structures.
The land parcel forms part of what was The Sauchieburn Estate. It bears evidence of human activity from at least antiquity. Land Ownership can be traced to it once being Royal Property pledged by James ll along with other lands as security in his marriage contract to Queen Marie. It is also the location of two important medieval battles: Bannockburn in the 14th century and Sauchieburn in the 15th century. Old Sauchie Walled Garden is a late 18th –mid 19th century market garden with later auxillary structures. Howietoun Fishery was established by Sir James Maitland in 1881. In the 1870s, Sir James, on whose Estate Sauchiemill stood, began scientific trials into trout breeding. At nearby Milnholm, fish were bred in the hatchery and reared in the numerous ponds at Howietoun. Through scientific experimentation, Sir James pioneered fish farming techniques and set the standard for modern fish farming. He successfully overcame the difficulties in packing and transporting live ova so that by the 1880s, millions of ova were being produced and exported to as far afield as Australia and New Zealand. By 1886, Howietoun was known as the largest single piscicultural establishment in the world.
Catering – Please bring a pack lunch
Cost - £40 (includes vat) & Eventbite fees *Special offer*
Terms & Conditions - The full fee is payable for cancellations within 7 days of event.
Additional information - Due to the remotness of the site,the nearest toilets facilities are at Stirling motorway service station. MOTO, M80/M9 Junction 9 Pirnhall FK7 8EU.
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