Traditional skills, natural materials, energy saving ideas

Among his many rural skills, Paul is a strawbale builder, having trained under acknowledged UK expert Barbara Jones of Amazon Nails. He is often called upon to lecture and give demonstrations on the subject, and has worked on a variety of strawbale buildings including a classroom at Carymoor Environmental Centre, a strawbale house in Somerset and a two-storey round barn, also in Somerset.

Paul can also carry out dry stone walling, hedge laying and coppicing.

The Garden Task Force team has extensive traditional building and roofing skills between them, whether it is a conservatory, timber-frame barn, garden room or simply a bespoke timber shed. We can dig the footings, lay the drainage, organise rainwater harvesting and build or repair roofs.

To see Paul in action helping to rebuild Caroline Barry's strawbale home in Somerset click here
(he is on the roof!)

Strawbale round barn
Strawbale round barn
Grand Designs October 2011: Strawbale construction
Grand Designs October 2011: Strawbale construction
Strawbale House in Somerset
Strawbale House in Somerset
Hand-built garden studio
Hand-built garden studio
Limewashing
Limewashing