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Talks and Links

Illustrated  talks
Emma regularly gives illustrated talks to groups (WI, Probus, Luncheon, gardening and historical groups) She can be flexible with time to fit needs of groups
She currently delivers 2 talks;

Following the Dream - How Emma became a professional dry stone waller.
Her story of how and why she became a dry stone waller, this talk is an honest and amusing tale of change mid life to follow a dream of returning to an outdoor life and regaining balance in her life. She talks about life, walls and how you might like to try your hand at walling!

Waste Not Want Not! -  Living for a month off what others throw away
Inspired by TVs Great British Waste Menu,  Emma and her partner lived for a month without buying any new products or food. This is their story. A chance to reflect and share ideas for how to save waste and money!

Please contact Emma for further details

Click on underlined text for link:
Derbyshire Branch of Dry Stone walling Association
For all info and courses in Derbyshire

Dry Stone Walling Association
For national info as well as professional register

Roland Keates photography
Roalnd is a talented local photographer and filmmaker who has recently made a film about dry stone walling the link to the Youtube trailer is below
If walls could talk


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