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PENISTONE’S stunning landscapes will be conserved for generations thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers.

Together with a local business, volunteers from conservation charity BTCV have completed a major dry stone wall restoration project at Whitley Edge Natural Heritage Site, a stone’s throw from the Royd Moor wind farm.

The work was funded by Wavin, a pipe manufacturer, based at Hazlehead, near Penistone.

BTCV, the UK’s largest practical conservation charity, worked on the 45 metre stretch of rural wall between May and July this year - a total of 157 volunteer workdays.

Senior Field Project Officer John Thompson said: “Dry stone walls are a traditional feature of the British countryside but they’ve declined considerably over the years.”