The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

SBUK Presents: The Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018

Theme: Sowing the inspiration, growing the industry & harvesting the knowledge

About The Big Straw Bale Gathering

Down To Earth – Swansea, UK – 10th,11th & 12th of August 2018:
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 extracurricular events ranging from walks to canyoneering on the beautiful Gower peninsular!

Tickets on sale now in our store

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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SBUK Members meeting

Date: Friday 22nd September 2017, 11am – 2pm

Venue: St Luke’s Church, Great Colmore Street, Lee Bank, B15 2AT

SBUK Members meeting Friday 22nd September 2017 AGENDA

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@EcoBuild_Now : Whose Regeneration Is It Anyway?

The complexities of housing on a large scale need to be redressed especially when the debate on inclusivity and construction materials are taken in wholeheartedly. Read our take of this discussion at EcoBuild 2017 and come and visit us at Stand F209 over the 3 days with Hartwyn – Natural Building, Straw Build, Straw Works, EBUKi, UK Hempcrete, Grain Architecture , Native Architects, and  Orchard Barns.


Construction conferences in today’s economic climate are important not just in sorting the wheat from the chaff but in opening up the conversation.

One of our founder members asked the question about challenging the perception that the mainstream has about ‘natural building’: why not have “Lectures challenging the industry’s approach to embodied carbon, circular economy, sustainable construction, inhabitant health, ecological impact, moisture regulation?” It was as if the organisers of today’s conference was listening to his inner thoughts.

We heard bold statements from the likes of Ian Mawditt and he, like others demonstrated how one click out of the cycle of the system can throw health and wellbeing of an individual into a downward spiral of illness (see Slide 8).

Mark Allan of Saint Gobain pointed to how the narrative is evolving into bettering the outlook for ‘health and wellbeing’: feeding into it with better performing materials. Public sector funding might well need a higher level of accountability and private funding on a mass scale might well be frowned upon if delivered just to the privileged, however instead of looking upon these moments cynically perhaps we ought to joyously look at the bigger developments as a source of inspiration as the public sector tweaks its systems to lean this way. The debate of man-made materials versus natural materials will always cause consternation across the industry and as one delegate opined “the impact of widely sourced materials and its affect on the eco-system on the whole” as a point for debate one gets the feeling that a meeting of minds is no longer just a soundbite for empty, vacuous action.

One of the most heartfelt talks was from Amena Warner of Allergy UK. Despite dismissing myths of washing clothes at cooler temperatures the more pertinently topics centred on the initial designs of a school, workplace or home. We overlook the wider outcome to meet our  immediate, urgent needs and sadly pay for this in the long term.

The effort of this collective group of insightful minds will keep innovating and be always forward looking. Barbara Jones of Straw Works has persisted when others might previously have given up and her talk astounded the already converted about the wonderments of building with Straw Bale. The benefits of working with clay and earth building was not missed by those in the rom and at last outside the industry these aspects are beginning to bear fruit too. Roll on ASBP 2018!

ASBP Healthy Buildings Conference and Expo 2017. Early Birds last call!

A golden opportunity is available in constructing buildings, the healthy way.

Whether your interest is in the performance, sustainability, or functionality of a building there is something here for everyone. Many aspects will be covered under one roof and this conference appeals to the architects, self-builders, public building designers or those wanting to understand the benefits of low impact construction.

A 20% discount is available here. Closes tomorrow so get in quick!

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Founder Memberships

I would like to invite you to make an initial payment to become a founder member of SBUK.  The cost of a founder membership has been set at £50 per individual.  In return for this payment you will receive your first year’s membership of SBUK and also be listed in perpetuity on the SBUK website as a founder member, along with a link to your company/website etc. if desired.  The future membership model is still yet to be decided.

The founder membership monies are vital to helping SBUK meet its setup and running costs for the first year.

If you would like to become a founder member, please visit the membership page.

Add your skills to the ESBA database

We started the Skills-Database on ESBA website.

If you are interested to offer your work also in other countries, please fill out this form (its free).

Skills (natural building)

Have a look here what others offer:

SBUK – Meeting #3 – Jan 14th – Birmingham

straw bale house

Our next meeting will be at:

The Briar Rose Hotel, Bennetts Hill, Birmingham, B2 5RE

On January 14th 2016. 11am – 3pm.

Full agenda will be published closer to the event, if you would like to add any items please use the contact page.