Efforts to keep the ancient craft of dry stone walling alive in the North-east will be boosted later this month.
Experts will provide hands-on instruction and training in the skills and techniques involved at a two-day course at Fyvie Castle.
It is being run on Thursday and Friday, May 15 and 16, by the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, a registered charity which is based at the castle.
The course is being led by Euan Thompson, a highly-skilled and experienced dry stone waller and instructor.
In addition to his work with the Scottish Traditional Skills Training Centre, he has carried out many successful walling projects for a wide range of private and public sector clients, including contract work for the National Trust for Scotland.
The course is aimed at private individuals, estate and farm staff, construction industry professionals and people involved in landscape conservation and enhancement projects.
The centre’s executive director Marc Ellington said: “One of the centre’s most popular courses is Building and Repairing Dry Stone Walls.
“In addition to contributing to the character of our rural countryside, dry stone walls can greatly enhance the appearance of a garden or the landscape setting of any property.
“In two days, those attending our “hands-on” course can gain an understanding of the skills required to build and repair dry stone walls.
“As well as keeping an important traditional skill alive, it is heartening to see so many new dry stone walls appearing throughout the area - a number of which have been created by those who have attended our courses.”
There are still a couple of places left on the course which will run from 9.30am until 4.30pm on both days and cost £175.
For further information and to reserve a place call 01888 511347 or email Soundcraft@towiebarclay.co.uk
A course on the use of lime mortar will be held on Thursday and Friday, May 29 and 30.
It encompasses the theory and practical use of lime, as opposed to cement-based mortars in the conservation, repair and maintenance of traditional buildings, walls and other stone built structures.
Instruction focuses on the techniques involved in mixing the lime mortar and its applications in pointing and harling, as well as the correct use of tools and materials.