The Big Straw Bale Gathering Speakers List is out!

The majority of our speakers for the Big Straw Bale Gathering are below. We still have a few special guests in the pipeline which will be announced as they are confirmed.

As you can see we have a broad spectrum of speakers lined up, speaking on a wide range of topics.

Get your tickets now / Find out more about the Big Straw Bale Gathering




Barbara Jones

School Of Natural Building

Straw Trek: The Next Generation – A journey through time and spaces

Judith Thornton

Aberystwyth University

What’s in a bale and why it matters

Peter Shubert

Capital [A] Architects

Straw and other regrowing building materials for multi storey housing constructions.

Craig White

Modcell / White Design

We Can Make – Affordable Homes Renewable Materials

Emma Appleton

How can our businesses be anti-capitalist? And is that even possible?

Chris Vernon

One Planet Council

One Planet Development: an opportunity for straw

Paul Jennings

Criafolen Permaculture

Permaculture Design: Survival and Beyond Sustainability

Peter Beresford & Henrik Saarinen

Structural Solutions

Lecture Title TBC

Pete Walker

Bath University

Lecture title TBC

5 for 5

Open to all BSBG Attendees 

5 photos in 5 minutes – Have you done something you want to share, have an idea or problem in your build you want to discuss? Here is your chance to show your 5 slides, in 5 minutes.  

Child Ticket (Under 16) - Big Straw Bale Gathering

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1 Child ticket for The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018 (Under 16)

Down To Earth - Swansea, UK - 10th, 11th & 12th of August 2018

Included in Ticket Price
  • Conference talks from leading professionals
  • Practical workshops
  • Kids entertainment
  • Welcome evening event with soft drinks available (Friday 10th from 7pm)

Optional - Add 3 organic meals for £20 (Saturday Lunch, Saturday Eve, Sunday Lunch)

Not included

  • Camping / Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Extra family excursions provided by Down To Earth (coastering, hikes etc)

* Site open 6pm Friday 10th - 5pm Sunday 12th. Camping is available locally for £15-20 per night - A lovely new accommodation block should be finished in time for the BSBG but can't take bookings until it's complete, so stay tuned. Site postcode is SA3 1ED. Down to Earth is offering excursions at an extra price, full details and booking available closer to the event (approx price = £35 half day / £55 full day)

Theme: Sowing the inspiration, Growing the industry & Harvesting the knowledge

SBUK are proud to present the inaugural ‘Big Straw Bale Gathering’ - a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry.

Held at Down To Earth’s beautiful strawbale roundhouse in South Wales, . The weekend will feature talks, discussions and hands on workshops, for all levels, led by the UK’s best natural builders and leading associated professionals. So come down and get excited about building with straw, learn some new techniques or get stuck into the geeky technical stuff.

When you are full of knowledge you can relax with great local organic food, music, dancing, yoga, ‘Strawbale Ale’, children’s activities and a host of extra curricular events ranging from walks to canyoneering on the beautiful Gower peninsula!

The Big Straw Bale Gathering will collect up everyone with an interest in straw bale building in the UK. No matter what level you are engaging with straw bale construction, there will be lots to learn at the BSBG.

Jeffrey Hart - Events Director - SBUK

StrawBale Building UK - SBUK - is a Community Benefit Society, formed in 2016 with the aim: To promote straw bale building and best practice within the sector.

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2 Comments on “The Big Straw Bale Gathering Speakers List is out!

  1. Dear BSBG people,

    In the Big Straw Bale Gathering program (running order) I see “5 min. – 5 slides”. If possible I like show my statement and question on “fire-safety & straw-constructions” and my 5 slides of the fire at Kampen – NL early this year. If there is some room left for my 5 minutes.

    Hope to hear from you.

    • Hi Wouter! The 5 for 5 will be available to anyone who is attending the event, bring a USB key with your slides and it’ll be first come first serve.

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