WHAT I DO

I will lay your Hedge, Build or repair your Dry stone walling or plant new hedges.

Hedgelaying, Planting, Drystone Walling, Garden features, House stonework, hedgelaying, teaching, illustrated talks, Training in Hedgelaying Training in Hedgelaying, Stonework, Drystone Walling

I live and work in the North York Moors area



I'm a qualified hedgelayer and have laid hedges in Ireland, Holland and in the UK. I'm also a drystone waller and have built houses (and walls), garden features, gate entrances in Ireland, Australia and in England.

I've been told I'm a bit of walling and hedgelaying nerd. But I don't mind it because it's normal. Doesn't everyone stop and take pictures of these when they are on holiday?

Some of the site contains my work along with pictures of hedges, walls and walling features from places I've visited. It should be pretty obvious which is my work.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Walls on steep & bouldery ground.



 At the head of Great Fryup in North Yorkshire a wall runs down from Mark Nab.

This is probably the steepest ground I've seen a wall on, in the National Park.  Where it reaches boulders which themselves make good barriers the wall terminates (right) or below, and seen from above the wall runs between the big boulders.



The Wall is quite steep and as you can see the stonework is in perfect condition despite what must have been very difficult ground to work on.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Goathland Wall


So, there was a big pile of stones from some field wall which had been dismantled.

"Can you make me some walls please?".  

The long gradual curve on the middle picture is always the difficult bit as it is difficult to keep the curve regular and even batter with the correct width at the top.




I'm quite pleased with the result.  Although it is only a small amount of walling there are 4 wall ends and 3 corners in total.  Just to add to the small difficulty of making the curve I also had to make the wall around the curve gradually reduce in hight to make it end at top rail of the old gate. 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Galloway Dyke

I've driven through Scotland for many years and never seen, or perhaps noticed a Galloway Dyke before.  These are constructed with the stones at the base horizontally laid, as most walls are, but the top portion of the wall is laid with the stones vertically orientated and normally of single construction.  Both the pictures below are of the same wall and can be found A83 in Glenn Kinglas, Arygyll

 |I have only ever seen one of these before and that was in Eire and is found on this blogg.   (see:-More Irish Walls)



Sunday, February 12, 2017

More Irish Walls


Of all the Irish walls I've visited, this one on Calf Islands just off Schull Village on the Mizen Peninsular was one of the most difficult to photo,as it involved a long trip in my kayak. (Perhaps an hours paddling) These three islands are now deserted.
 Sherkin Island, a little further east also has some interesting walls.

Co. Clare, Karst limestone country.  A wall built about 1995, made from large boulders but topped off with limestone slabs.
 A large 'consumption' wall.  These are so named as they were probably built to 'consume' the cleared stones when the field was brought into cultivation.  Thats my dog, Jilly.
Shiners much despised by many UK wallers are large stones placed with their largest surface showing.  They are commonly used in Ireland to fend off farm traffic on corners.  They are still being used.  This one on a farm entrance in Lissacaha North, Schull, West Cork
A Galloway dyke or its Irish name a Fieden wall is a drystone wall built with a double row of stones at the bottom and a single row of stones above that.  They are commonest in the Limestone counties in the west of Ireland.  But this lonesome example straddles the mountain of Galtee More on the borders of Tipperary, Wexford & Cork.  It runs right across the summit at 919 meters.  In addition it has an exceptionally neat top.   Alas this section was the best.  Gravity, sheep and humans have damaged much of the rest.
It was the only example I've seen in the south and south east of Eire.  I believe it was constructed as a 'famine wall', which paid the poor and hungry to build it as an early form of welfare payment.  But why this style of contstruction?.  There was/is plenty of loose material on the summits.

This information provided by Sunny Weiler of the DSWA (Ireland) "The Galtee Wall was built in 1878 by John Thomas, 6th Baron Massy from behind the hill at the rear of Massy Lodge to the western slopes of Galtymore Mountain. It took 30- 40 men four years to build and acted as a boundary between the estates of Galtee Castle and the Massy estates. The main reason for building the wall was to give employment to local small farmers during a period of economic depression. There is a cottage in a valley in the foot hills that is believed to have homed a scottish family. The small farm has some great walls around it aswell as a unusual sheep enclosure." Probably built under the direction of a Scottish waller.