We will be at Grand Designs again this year in NEC Birmingham. Working with partners LILI running the ‘Sustainable Building Techniques’ programme of talks, workshops and hands-on demonstrations. I will be doing a talk on Saturday at 12.00 on ‘Self Build Eco Projects’. Here’s a link to the Lili website and the other partners. http://www.lowimpact.org/Grand_Designs_Images/Work/partnering-companies.html
We will be adding another bay on the pole barn at our woodyard this year. This is our main work/teaching site on Duchy Home Farm. This build is a little un-usual for us as it is designed by an architect with very little input from us and so it not exactly what we would choose to build. However it is from local larch and is keeping us warm and dry which we love! It has also been attracting the local larch wasps one of which tried to lay eggs in Brian’s foot!
We are finally re-building the old 16th century cow byre at Hawkwood College Stroud. This project runs for Waldorf College as part of the ‘Bridging The Gap’ course, a BTEC in life skills. Our students will be involved in the process from start to finish, harvesting all the timber from the woodland and assembling the timber frame. The cow byre has been re-built several times over the years but has been short of love for a long time now. We are very excited to be breathing new life back into the structure which will now be used as an outdoor classroom.