your carbon footprint - practical courses
in natural, sustainable and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills
run Environmental Education Centre at Orchard
Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, UK, IP14 2LY
...... Many BIG thank-yous to everyone who supported the construction
and funding of our amazing Masonry Stove.
We raised a grand total of £6,056.78 which helped pay for the
components we couldn't make ourselves!
Our Events Diary for 2020
COURSES CALENDER for
a leading social enterprise we specialise in the delivery of Timber
Skills, Timber Framing, Wattle and Daub and Lime
courses for professionals,
home-owners, self-builders, and
anyone with an interest in getting hands-on with natural materials (or
learning how to instruct a builder more knowledgably). IHBC CPD
View our FEEDBACK TREE for 2019
We also run Natural Building Experience days to
give you a taste of what we do. Accompanied children over 12 and
Bespoke parties can be arranged for other dates.
Looking for unique presents creatively made from locally sourced wood?
Want to support the work we do?
We have bowls, dibbers, rolling pin, bird boxes, christmas decorations
and more in our Pop-Up shop. Open 10-4 Tuesdays - Thursdays or whenever
this sign is outside.
If you're planning a special trip please text Sarah on 07766054042 to
make sure the barn is open.
Not local but
interested in our sustainable wares? 13/11/19 Yvette is
designing us an Etsy shop which will be open soon.
Wise words from
one local woman who has just discovered us!
- plans passed to reinstate 1580 Suffolk Long
House in a 'like-for-like' manner. Enrole on a Timber Framing course with us,
and get involved in this unique framing
To check availability on courses, book a course, discuss bespoke training, or arrange a talk,
please email Sarah or
here on 01473-658193 / 07766-054042.
Vouchers for courses
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to funding from Pargiter Trust these new students have been able to
learn the old greenwood working skills of hurdle making. Here's a
garden hurdle they made together.
Time on your hands and want to get
are looking for a Volunteer to help us organise and run more Heritage
events at Orchard Barn. This role could be partly carried out remotely.
also run weekly Volunteer working
parties in Gardening, Greenwood work and Site Development at the barn.
If you are interested please email
Currently there are opportunities to learn how to make and fit natural
insulation in the OBee Office!
17th 2019 OBee CIC wins Greenest County award. The Valuing Water award
was in recognition of our water-free compost toilets and rainwater
harvesting. These initiatives help visitors, volunteers and trainees
see where our water comes from and hopfeully encourages the reduction
of water use elsewhere.
Will explains the next step in greenwood working
An plank milled from Ash tree grown in Suffolk. We will be cladding the
Orchard Barn office with these soon!