Free Build
Community Building Camp (no’s 6)

Level – Experience required
DateCAMP FULL 13-29th July
Duration – 17 days
Project – Roundwood timber barn with turf roof
Price – Free
Client – Hawkwood College – Stroud

Free-Build is a volunteering camp to help make the most mind bogglingly beautiful natural buildings affordable for schools, charities, community groups, trusts and public organisations who put other people and the environment first.

During this camp we are building a roundwood timber framed barn with green roof. When finished this building will be available for local community groups to use free of charge. We ask a minimum commitment of two weeks and we’ll all be camping together on-site for the duration.

This is a REAL, FULL BUILD on-site, so you’ll need to be physically fit and competent with tools. You’ll also need to be self-sufficient as we’ll be living outdoors in basic conditions. 18yrs +.

Free build is not a course but we’ve all come to learn as well as give. Your participation assists Hawkwood create this free community space. The main currency is your physical work and every participant pays only for food which is £45 per week to cover the costs of Katherine cooking our evening meals. This is also your deposit to book a place.

If you would like to apply please Click this link.

Previous projects photos

fire in roundhouse

 

cordwood wall for reciprocal roof roundhouse

community building camp

Time for topping out!

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Another fab night of music around the fire.

A big thanks to this years crew, You where awesome!; Ben, Boycee, Dan, Jim, Josh, Lindy, Fran, Luke, Mark, Mat, Oliver, Phil, Tessa and Kath.

 

Testimonials 2016

It’s difficult to put into words, (or music or dance)…This building and the team have been fabulous. Lots of learning, experimenting, laughter, music, exceptional food and an amazing building for a fabulous charity. I don’t want to go home or burst the bubble. Thank you. Lindy.

So much positivity to take away from this experience. Not only a valuable learning opportunity but so much fun, community and peace. Sad to be departing but leaving with inspiration in my heart. Many thanks to Adrian and Kath and to everyone who made this project possible. Lot of love Matt.

Thanks to Kath for putting on a food fest and to Adrian for the woodworking. I think I have found a group of lifelong friends who I know will come running when called upon. I have had an absolute blast with all aspect of the past 14 days. I would like to shout a massive thanks for allowing me to be part of an awesome build and to a great charity. Cheers Boycee

What seems now like a very long time ago when I lived in Belize I had my first experience of a community building project. We helped a family to build their home, a simple and humble hut built from natural materials. The whole village came out to help; women, children, young and old, all dug with their hands, sticks, make-do tools or what ever they had to hand. Slowly bit by bit from the foundations upwards the hut grew. Back in the UK I felt inspired to continue this tradition which must surely have been common place here too not so long ago. Adrian Leaman (Wholewoods)