Volunteering can and does make a difference – Wallathon at Reeth, North Yorkshire

Water can be a dangerous thing, particularly when “armed” with debris.  Many CJS readers will be aware of the devastation caused in North Yorkshire during the heavy floods at the end of July 2019.  One of the worst hit areas was around Reeth where buildings were damaged, houses and cars destroyed and thousands of metres of dry stone wall simply washed away by the force of the water, which is where the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) comes in. It will take a huge amount of time before things are “back to normal” but as an initial suggestion a “Wallathon” was put forward. Over one weekend an army of volunteers helped to reinstate a record 225 meters of dry stone wall.
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