Growing some of your own produce is one of the most empowering experiences going. Join us on a beautiful smallholding in the wild, wild West of Wales to learn organic gardening techniques. This day is ideal for beginners as well as experienced gardeners looking to learn how to nurture delicious home grown fruit and vegetables with a greater resilience around our changing climate, with little to no fuss at all.
This accessible, hugely informative and...
Over this busy one day course you will together learn how to build a cob pizza oven and so take the knowledge home with you to recreate your very own outdoor pizza oven in your own garden.
Starting with an existing plinth you will prepare, level and install the fire brick base and learn all about the importance of materials to use and insulation levels. Covering also the clay and material selection and dimension options...
Half-day cob cottage maintenance course in Dorset.
A half-day with Rob Buckley looking at cob cottages; from understanding their original earth construction techniques to discussing suitable methods of repair and upkeep, using Lime and natural materials. A lecture and demonstration based half day packed full of invaluable information for anyone living in an earth constructed home.
Please contact us to request a place on a course, or register your interest.
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Cob oven workshop in Dorset.
A one-day course with Rob Buckley, building a working earth oven in the beautiful Blackmore Vale.
With a maximum of just eight people on the course, you will work together to build an earth cob oven on a plinth. During the day Rob will discuss different techniques for different earth mixes, so that you will have the skills to build one at home for yourself.
This day is also a...
Led by Damian Goodburn BA PhD, a leading archaeological woodwork specialist, this workshop will be held in our new purpose-built Education Barn at the Sylva Wood Centre.
Learn about Anglo-Saxon building woodwork, based mainly on the study of surviving wooden remains, including a review of relatively new evidence, with live demonstrations of tools and techniques, and opportunities to watch treewrighting in action.
Saxon broad axe work. Damian Goodburn demonstrating.Morning activities will include illustrated talks covering...
Practical straw bale building course in the South West.
A two-day course of theory and building work learning the basic techniques of practical building with straw bales. During the two days the following topics will be covered and put into practice constructing a demonstation building dedicated to training:
- History of bale building
- Advantages and disadvantages of straw bales as a building material
- Local authority Planning and Building Control implications
- Environmental impact...
An exciting and hands on course to equip you with the knowledge and experience to build with this ecological and versatile resource.
Straw bale construction has many advantages.
Straw is widely available and a by- product of crop production. It’s affordable and renewable, and carries a far smaller carbon footprint than more commonly used building methods.
Straw bales are incredibly insulating and make exceedingly energy efficient buildings. A straw bale construction will save you money...