Hillhead dry stone walling
As part of a long-term restoration programme, a one-mile traditional dry stone wall has been built at Hillhead quarry in Derbyshire. The quarry, situated within the Chatsworth Estate, is not currently used commercially. During this temporary phase before work restarts, the company is dedicated to carrying out improvement works to enhance the site.
The new dry stone wall along the southern boundary replaces a concrete post and wire fence erected by the Ministry of Defence, which previously used part of the land. Built over six years by experienced local craftsman, Brian Coles, and his small team, the wall consists of reclaimed limestone from an old wall on the site, together with extra limestone from the quarry.
Richard Hulse, estates manager for Tarmac’s Central region, complimented the results. “The dry stone wall has not only improved the look of the area considerably, but it is in keeping with the area and keeps alive a wonderful old rural craft.”
Dry stone walls have multiple benefits such as providing shelter for livestock and creating a habitat for a wide variety of other animals, birds and plants.