A PERMANENT exhibition celebrating dry stone walling has been created.
It is at Marsden’s Tunnel End picnic site and is part of the Upper Colne Valley Dry Stone Walling Project, which is backed by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The open-air exhibition features a wall built by master craftsmen and volunteers from the West Yorkshire branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association and the Huddersfield Geology Group.
It includes particular features found in dry stone walls in the Upper Colne Valley, such as ‘lunky holes’, ‘hogg holes’, a step-over stile and a wall head.
All the features and building techniques are explained on information panels.
The exhibition also features the Marsden pinfold, a circular dry stone pen for holding sheep.
Steel sheep sculptures, designed by Marsden Junior School pupils and local artist Cate Clark, are in the pen.
The sheep are wrapped in a steel chain ‘fleece’ to represent the hardiness of sheep in the Colne Valley and the area’s industrial heritage.
The exhibition has been created as part of a £37,500 Heritage Lottery Fund project.
The project also features a dry stone walling training DVD, hands-on lessons, guided walks and the creation of a marked trail of walls in the Upper Colne Valley.
Branch chairman Paul Webley said: “We’re delighted by the interest in dry stone walling and geology that this project has generated among local people.
“We’re really grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund and Kirklees Council for their enthusiastic support.”
Clr Liz Smaje, Kirklees Cabinet’s member for culture and leisure services, said: “The council is proud to be associated with the work of the association and Huddersfield Geology Group.
“They have done a great job highlighting the important link between geology and dry stone walls in the countryside.
“The exhibition is another welcome improvement to the Tunnel End picnic site which I hope will be enjoyed by many Kirklees residents and visitors to the district.”