Courses in natural and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills

Community run Environmental Education Centre at Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, UK, IP14 2LY

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Thanks to funding from Heritage Fund and Tesco Bags of Help we can now provide new opportunities for Volunteers to not only learn how to fit wattle and make/apply daub, but also Medieval Style Timber Framing/Repairs.

Weekly sessions start in May 19. Interested? Email Carole to apply.

Freelance Project Manager Vacancy

Want to learn how to sculpt with cob? Announcing
NEW 3-day COB SCULPTURE COURSE 27-29 June with artist/sculptor Jue Sota. Book early. Six places only.

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As a leading social enterprise we specialise in the delivery of Timber Framing Restoration 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 certificates.

We also run Natural Building Experience days to give you a taste of what we do.  Accompanied children over 12 and groups welcome. Bespoke parties can be arranged for other dates.

Wise words from one local woman who has just discovered us!

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EXCITING NEWS - 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 project.

To check availability on courses, book a course, discuss bespoke training,  or arrange a talk
,  please email or phone 01473-658193 / 07766-054042.

Vouchers for courses are available. They make excellent birthday, retirement or retraining presents.

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  OBee CIC Members toast the success of the project

OBee Members toast the success of the project

grand-dad and grand-daughter sawing

Grandpa passes his skills down to his grand-daughter. Keeping old skills alive and relevant to the 21st century ..... whilst learning from the past how to build a greener future (and keeping fit at the same time)

clay caterpillar - forest sessions at Orchard Barn

Check out our new Forest Sessions for children - summer half term