Straw-bale building course at Acton Scott Farm this Sunday
Have you ever fancied building a house out of straw-bales? Matthew Lloyd has done that very thing and built himself a straw-bale studio in his garden, which has now become his stunning workplace surrounded by trees, fields and birdsong.
Matthew will be leading a one day ‘Introduction to Straw-Bale Building’ course at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm on Sunday 20 May from 10am to 4pm. He will be sharing his experience of his own building project through a mix of presentation and practical demonstration.
During the day course participants will be taken through a basic straw build from footings to roof, with opportunities for some hands on experience of modifying bales and applying lime render.
There will be opportunities to discuss options for design, costs, pitfalls, finishes, roofing and maintenance. In fact, everything you need to know to inspire you to think about your own project. The course will be limited to a small number, so there will be plenty of time to ask questions and learn from Matthew’s often hard-won knowledge. Wear old clothes and bring a pair of rubber gloves if you want to take part in the practical demonstrations that will take place throughout the day.
Mike Owen, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member responsible for tourism and culture, said:
“This is a wonderful fun opportunity to learn about how to build with straw-bales, and shows once again the variety of intriguing courses and activities offered at our award-winning historic working farm. I would encourage anyone interested to book now.”
A whole host of other courses are also on offer. Phone Acton Scott if you would like to know more about this opportunity, or to book a place, on 01694 781307.