Straw bale shelter at community garden

June 27 2014

USING eco-friendly and renewable materials, a straw bale building has been crafted at a local community garden, providing a space for charities, organisations, schools and toddlers groups.

USING eco-friendly and renewable materials, a straw bale building has been crafted at a local community garden, providing a space for charities, organisations, schools and toddlers groups.

The building, which measures 6.5m by 3.5m, has enough space for talks, demonstrations and a place for shelter during outdoor activities and fairs.

Co-ordinator at the Golden Hill Community Garden, Lucy Mitchell, intends to use the straw bale building, alongside the outdoor covered cooking area and on site clay pizza oven for food-related events, utilising the ingredients grown on site.

She said: "This wonderful resource will be perfect for the local area and it provides a unique location for community groups to plant, grow and learn."

The site’s eco credentials are further boosted by a solar powered water pump which draws water from an underground well to two rainwater tanks at the top of the site.

The pump can produce around 500 litres an hour for the community garden and allotments without the need for mains water.

According to Pete Clee, project and site supervisor, it will reduce the garden's energy bills by at least three quarters.

The straw bale building - constructed by Nico Smith and Julian Scott Bolton from Red Kite Build - is due to open in the first week of July.

Straw bale hut