Lower your carbon footprint - practical courses in natural, sustainable and traditional building, greenwood and rural skills

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

HOORAY ...... 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!

Fire inside masonry stove

Our Events Diary for 2020


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.

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 groups welcome. Bespoke parties can be arranged for other dates.

Pop up shop at Orchard Barn

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 077660-54042 to make sure the barn is open.


FREE Greenwood working at Orchard Barn

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

Latest YouTube Video

- 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 Sarah or phone here on 01473-658193 / 07766-054042.

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

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Come and join us for Love Wood

Due to Storm Dennis now


Love wood event 

Time on your hands and want to get involved? We are looking for a Volunteer to help us fund raise and run more community skills development at Orchard Barn. This role could be partly carried out remotely.

We also run weekly Volunteer working parties in Gardening, Greenwood work and Site Development at the barn. If you are interested please email Carole.

Currently there are opportunities to learn how to make and fit natural insulation in the OBee Office!

OBee are greenest county award winners

July 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 Wall explains the next step

7/11/19 Will explains the next step in greenwood working

Ash plank - Suffolk grown

12/11/19 An plank milled from Ash tree grown in Suffolk. We will be cladding the Orchard Barn office with these soon!