Orchard Barn Environmental Education Centre


Off grid, low-tech, award winning environmental education centre in rural Mid Suffolk - specialising in natural and traditional building courses on practical conservation projects. We source trees from local woods and clay from under our feet and use human energy/low tech approaches to convert them into useful building materials with high embodied carbon, that’s low impact on the environment. This is the way vernacular buildings were constructed. Every part of our buildings could be reused. In fact, much of our timber frame is already on its second and third life. We are learning from the past how to create a greener future.

Our compost toilet facilities are in the old orchard. We harvest rainwater off our roof. We use a bike-powered generator to power up presentations.

Orchard Barn is run by OBee Community Interest Company who over the last seven years have run conservation courses that have enabled them to renovate the 17th century timber frame barn. All 20,000 oak shingles on our new roof were hand-cleft on site. We’ve also hand-made cob walls, beaten earth floors, wattle and daub walls and clay/lime render.

At Orchard Barn, we offer hobby, professional, community and bespoke courses.

See www.orchardbarn.org.uk for course programme.


Tel: +44 (0) 1473 658 193
Mobile: +44 (0) 7766 054 042
Email: sarah@orchardbarn.org.uk
Web: www.orchardbarn.org.uk


Orchard Barn,
Ringshall IP14 2LY
United Kingdom

Key Words

Conservation, heritage, timber framing, lime, cob, wattle, daub, natural building

Memberships & Accreditations

Continuing Professional Development certificates from IHBC (Institute of Historic Building Conservation) on our professional courses;
Orchard Barn is a Permaculture LAND learning centre;
Suffolk Creating the Greenest County award winner 2014

Creation Date: 
Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 - 05:58
Last Updated: 
Tuesday, 15 July, 2014 - 05:58

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