ESBG 2019 #UPSTRAW Todmorden, Yorkshire – Straw sharing

This was a day for sharing techniques, networking, providing examples of new strawbale buildings, promoting the developments in straw bale building in Europe, more workshops…and playing with Lego in Todmorden’s Hippodrome theatre. Phew!

ESBG 2019 #UPSTRAW, Todmorden, Yorkshire. Straw goes public & in Communities

To say that this event was spectacular is an understatement. Visitors from across Europe went on guided tours of buildings made of straw in the locality, attended workshops, expert speakers’ delivered jaw-dropping presentations and, we had a ceilidh. Bring on the next European Straw…

Construction of the Hastings Country Park’s Visitor Centre by Constrawtium

In 2017 we ventured with other members of the INTERREG initiative UPSTRAW, to see the above area for a new Vistors’ Centre in Hastings. Murray Davidson of Hastings Borough Council spoke about the ambition for the proposed build and we explored how to could…

SBUK founder members Chris Hawker & David Copeland are Speakers at ESBG 2019

Chris and David have been with SBUK since day one. Respected builders in the industry they bring with them a studious and creative outlook having met whilst studying at the Centre of Alternative Technology. Their expertise will feature in a workshop on straw bale…

Tulse Hill Straw Bale Build

In the urban landscape of London, where land to build is scarce, and new build opportunities are few and far between, the area of Tulse Hill is fortunate to have within its community a construction that is currently taking place on epic proportions. Arguably,…

Omer Saatcioglu from University of Bath is speaking at the BSBG

Really pleased to have Omer presenting the excellent research work from the University of Bath – The lecturer will give information about a load-bearing straw-bale wall assembly which aims to be an economical alternative for the countries where timber is a limited natural source. Get…

Rae Parkinson is teaching clay plastering!

The wonderfully talented, Rae Parkinson, is teaching a clay plastering workshop at the Big Straw Bale Gathering!  All workshops and talks and included in the ticket price – so get your ticket now here!  Workshop Synopsis: Learn the preparation of straw walls for plastering,…

Emma Appleton – Speaker at the BSBG

Emma Appleton speaker at the BSBG

We are so pleased to announce Emma Appleton’s talk at the Big Straw Bale Gathering.  Emma is a very talented straw bale builder and heritage woodworker. Warm, bright and just enough is her design mantra. Tickets are on sale now for the reduced price (thanks…

James Shorten from Regenerative Settlement Trust

james_shorten speaker at BSBG

We are incredibly pleased to add James Shorten to our massive list of speakers for the Big Straw Bale Gathering. James was the main author on the Welsh Government’s One Planet Development guidance. He is a planning expert and will be talking about regenerative…

Next Members’ meeting: Friday 23rd March

Picture by Hartwyn

  Our next members’ meeting is: Friday 23rd March, 11am-3pm Venue: The Briar Rose (in the upstairs meeting room) Address: Bennetts Hill, Birmingham B2 5RE. New members are welcome & can join on the day: Join SBUK