Wallers head for Bellerby to repair flood damage

A flood-damaged wall in Bellerby last year.

Wallers will descend on Bellerby this weekend to repair damage done by the July flash floods.

Members of the Dry Stone Walling Association (DSWA) have volunteered to help in the village this weekend.

The event has been coordinated by Bellerby DSWA member Robin Turton.

He said: “The floods of July 30 caused some significant damage to homes in the village of Bellerby and also to many dry stone walls, some of which aren’t covered by home insurance policies.

“As a member of the DSWA I wanted to ensure that the dry stone walls were rebuilt as soon as possible.

“As well as the practical benefits these boundary walls play in the village the rebuilding would also provide a positive impact to residents as they’d see that the village was being rebuilt to how it looked pre-flood.”

Mr Turton added: “A few days after the flood I contacted the local DSWA branch to hopefully gain support to help rebuild the village walls.

“After discussions with the chairman of the Otley & Yorkshire Dales branch of the DSWA support was given and we now have a plan to rebuild a number of walls over the weekend using DSWA volunteers from the area.”

Free accommodation is being provided by residents of the village with food provided at the Cross Keys pub, funded by the Bellerby Open Gardens and Events Group.