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practical workshops in lo-tek construction for a small planet ~ build a barn, build community

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  • Wolves Lane


Greetings. We’re excited to announce this year’s collaborative build project to erect three timber frame straw bale barns located at Wolves Lane Horticultural Centre. The project aims to re-animate a dilapidated portion of Wolves Lane, empowering the Centre to be a thriving community food hub, adding much needed new spaces for year round teaching, learning, meeting, working, making, sharing, feasting and celebrating. Wolves Lane is a diverse 2.5 acre community food hub with extensive rare urban glasshouse infrastructure in the suburban district of Wood Green. Formerly a council-run site that combined plant nursery, garden centre, education and volunteering. It is now the home to a number of grass-roots community-led and socially driven organisations involved in agro-ecological food and flower growing. The site is gradually re-opening to the public with the support of its broad volunteer network, it has become a well-loved focal point for the neighbourhood offering a unique space for engaging with food, getting your hands dirty and community based events. The site’s development plans have evolved through several years of consultation with a breadth of stakeholders. Organic Lea and the Ubele project currently make up the Wolves Lane Consortium who have overseen the running of this community asset for Haringey officially since 2019, successfully raising a £3 million capital budget for this development phase, and winning planning approval for whole site improvements yet to come. We’re now welcoming Salli Gosling of the School of Natural Builders - ‘SNaB’ - teaching a crew of trainee straw bale builders on the last week of June 26th - 30th to kick off this most participatory element of the build. Learning by doing we’ll get to grips on the what, whys and hows of building with straw bales. Squeezing a touch of Lime plastering into the last few days of this course. A rare urban opportunity to practice these age-old accessible skills in renewable construction, now receiving fresh attention in our energy, climate, health and wellbeing conscious present. It is very important that everyone arrives on time, as a major part of the way we work is to begin and end each day together as a group. You will need to arrive by 8.45am at the latest. Food: A vegetarian lunch, hot drinks and refreshments will be available every day Please confirm via email - - for more info, What to bring, where to stay, etc. Looking forward to welcoming you onsite!

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Contact Details

  • Wolves Lane Centre, Wolves Lane, London, UK

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