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Stone Wall Repairs

HUNDREDS of metres of historic stone walls have been repairs and renewed thanks to a Friends of Newmillerdam Country Park project.

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Under the scheme - supported by a Wakefield Metropolitan District Council Community Chest grant of 500 - large sections of the park's perimeter walls have been restored to their former glory. The Friends used the money to purchase tools, safety clothing and equipment.

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Dry stone wallers and Friends volunteers Dennis and Paul Brunneye repaired and reconstructed over 600m of wall. They also used their skills to create a number of attractive features including a stone seat. The father and son team, who were responsible for the stone feature that is such a focal point of the park's recently-opened Lawns Dike Trail, were supported by other FNCP volunteers in the collection and transportation of the stones.

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FNCP chairman Jeff Stimpson said: "We are enormously grateful to everyone who worked on and supported the project, including the council for the Community Chest grant that helped fund this important work. "Dennis and Paul have done a superb job in restoring such a special feature of the park's heritage." The restoration of the walls formed part of an extensive programme of work carried out by the Friends over the past 12 months.

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It has included the completion of Lawns Dike Trail, a 500m boardwalk built of recycled plastic, and adjoining picnic area; thinning out of trees and shrubs on the island between Bushcliffe Beck and the lake and the clearance of brambles and other unsightly vegetation from a triangle of land near the main car park.