ANYONE able to build a dry stone wall or lay hedges is invited to a countryside competition.

They should head for the contest at High Park Wall Farm, at Marwood, near Barnard Castle, County Durham, on Saturday, November 1.

There are cash prizes in open, intermediate and novice classes in the event, organised by the Tyne Tees Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group and the County Durham Hedge-row Partnership.

Clare Heaps, Durham County Council's landscape manager, said traditional country skills were essential for the survival of the county's thousands of miles of hedgerows and dry stone walls.

Landowners and farmers are invited to watch the competition, which will run from 9am to 3.15pm, to hear advice about walls and hedges, and learn about grants that are available for them. Spectators will also be welcome.

Anyone wishing to enter the contest can contact Barbara Walton, at the Tyne Tees FWAG office, in Barnard Castle, on (01833) 630880.