Straw bale workshops

August 13, 2018 @ 9:00 am – August 16, 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Fordhall Organic Farm
Market Drayton TF9 3PS
Straw bale workshops @ Fordhall Organic Farm | England | United Kingdom

We are offering 4-day (Monday-Thursday) straw bale experiences from August 6th until 28th August (Tues-Fri this week) for willing participants.

Current Workshop dates are:

Monday 6th August – Thursday 9th August. 4 days

Monday 13th August – Thursday 16th August. 5 days

Monday 20th August – Thursday 23rd  August. 4 days

Tuesday 28th August – Friday 31st August. 4 days

You will be taught and led by industry experts Huff and Puff Construction. You will get to learn all about straw wall construction including both load baring and non-load baring.
This construction includes:
• Round wood timber frame
• Car tyre foundations
• Shingle roof
• Straw bale load baring walls (workshops)
• Straw bale non-load baring walls (workshops)
• Clay render and plastering (September opportunities)
• Lime plastering

The cost is £40 (incl £10 for food and drink) per day and we ideally need people to commit to 4 days Monday-Thursday. If you cannot make the full four days, please contact us as there may be other spaces available. Camping onsite is available for no charge, but you will need to organise your own food in the evening or you can purchase sandwiches/salads from our onsite cafe.

Subsidised places available:
If you have volunteered at Fordhall in the past, are under 21, a Fordhall shareholder or are in the receipt of benefits, we may be able to offer a fully subsidised place. Please get in touch with our office to check availability.

Click HERE for more information on the whole eco-build.

What you need to bring:
• Steel toes capped boots or sturdy walking boots
• We will provide hard hats, but if you have one, please bring your own.
• Work closed to keep you warm/cool and dry
• Hat and sun cream
• Work gloves (ideally they will protect you from the straw but still allow you to use your fingers)
• Water bottle
• Paper and pencil if you would like to make notes

Our team works 7.5hrs per day. This normally means 0830hrs for a 0900hrs start, with
breaks at 1300-1330hrs for lunch, 1100-1115hrs and 1530-1545hrs for a tea break. We reserve the right to vary our presence and hours worked on any given day to best meet the needs of the project and the group.

Download the full Straw Bale workshop details 2018

To book your place and for more information please email Marie via