We are starting to build the Barns!

That is right... after 6years of planning obstacles Dartmoor National Park have finally agreed that our requests for Forestry barns were properly submitted and that we can move forward. They have also granted us permission for two residential caravans for workers supporting our woodland management activities.

Firstly we will build the wood drying barn, then the Welfare Barn and Workshop, and lastly the Machinery Store. This project will take approximately 2 years. We are looking for financial support to help us see this through in full. So far we have attracted 40% of funding through LEADER, and are working with some excellent timber-framers and organising plenty of volunteer opportunities as well as chances to learn at workshops during key parts of the process. Watch this space or sign up direct to hear more.


Each barn is a proper timber-frame construction made entirely from local sourced timber & in a variety of techniques. Pole frame, traditional joinery, and also incorporating straw-bale insulation. It will be a big job so if you want to get involved your help will be gratefully received!


January 2019 - IJ & JC Talbot to carry out groundworks Complete.

On site timber cutting using Woodmizer Lt15 sawmill and home-grown timber

April to July 2019 = Timber Framing of Roundwood & Sawn timber wood-drying barn led by Tom Hilliard Building Ltd. Ongoing volunteer opportunities including Weekend Frame Raisings. 

Continued woodland management tasks. 

July to December 2019 = Timber Framing of the Welfare Barn. Workshop opportunities with Henry Russel (timber-framer extraordinaire)


February 2020 to June 2020 =  Construction of the Machinery Store, a timber-frame and fink-truss barn with straw bale insulation. Workshop opportunities with Henry Russel, also carpentry work for the new community kitchen space.

July to September 2020 = Construction of 2x single-unit caravans for volunteer accommodation designed by Nik Sheppard of Native Timber Design

If you want to find out more CLICK HERE . Let us know if you want to volunteer, take part in a workshop or if you have specialist skills to share.

Many thanks indeed!   
Doug and Claire tel. 07976589927

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