Concern for the environment has never been greater. Carbon emissions and climate change, the loss of biodiversity, plastic waste and the ever-increasing demands on finite resources, all need urgent solutions.

This conference will focus on two traditional and often overlooked building materials, earth and straw, and suggest how these can be used to produce modern buildings capable of achieving the highest environmental standards both in terms of energy efficiency, embodied energy and perhaps most important of all, a sense of well-being.

Events 2017

We look forward to seeing you

Wed 26 April

Pykkerell Inn, Ixworth, Suffolk, IP31 2HH - 9-9.30am Registration, Finish approx. 4pm garden room

(contact Sarah Roberts 01379 687705   )

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Earth  Buildings UK Conference

Friday 14th February 2014

Norwich Cathedral


Past Events

Sat 18 April

– 3 Church Lane, Bressingham, IP22 2AE - Spray finishes and Insulation, demonstration of rendering onto a new earth block garden room

(contact Sarah Roberts 01379 687705   )


Sat 30 May

– 3 Church Lane, Bressingham, IP22 2AE – NEW-BUILD GROUP – a round-table discussion for interested professionals and lay-people, seeking to improve technical information and produce a Code Of Practice for earth new-build

(contact Colin Williams   01603 879593)


Sat 27 June

– 20 High Street, Somersham, Cambs, PE28 3JA – mixed demonstration day at MSC traditional materials supplier.

(contact Malcolm Carrington   01487 840305)


Sat 5 Sept

– Laurel Farm, Skinners Lane, Starston IP20 9PX – Site of new-build earth block roundhouse Training Centre

(contact Stephen Letch   01379 852335)


Sat 21 Nov

– EARTHA AGM – With a speaker and lunch, in the barn at The Old Trowel and Hammer (Clay lump house and barn) 142 Bunwell Street, NR16 1QY

(contact Andy Hibberd   01953 788039)


15th Eartha A.G.M - 22nd November 2009

Pickerell Inn, Ixworth

 Our AGM this year, held at the Pickerell in Ixworth, was a resounding success with over 40 people attending from far and wide. On arrival we had a round or two of drinks before commencing our Annual General Meeting.

 This began with the chairman’s address, given by the current chairman Henry Sanders, which briefly outlined the previous year’s high points, including our attendance of the SPAB Building Conservation Fair, and our progress with the cittaslow survey. He went on to discuss the recent changes which have been made to our website and the future of EARTHA in the 21st century. The treasurers report was similarly interesting and certainly surprised a lot of people.

 The election of committee members then followed, with Henry Sanders being re-elected as Chairman & Dirk Bouwens being re-elected as Treasurer.

We then proceeded with the evening two lectures:

 Firstly Malvern Tipping gave us a fascinating overview of the Cittaslow project, its successes & its failures.

  Then Colin Williams discussed some of the obstacles to be overcome for earth block to become once more a commonplace contemporary material.  He examined examples of earth block production and construction in the USA, France and the UK and contrasted the different techniques which grew from the differing climatic conditions and soils of these regions.  He outlined the environmental advantages of earth block compared to conventional construction as well as the cost penalties currently associated with earth construction.




19th September 2009

SPAB Building Conservation Fair

St Nicholas’s Chapel King’s Lynn


This is the first time that EARTHA have visited the SPAB Building Conservation Fair & although we did not give any practical demonstration, we exhibited a display stand with various photographs of what we did along with various clay-lump blocks compressive testing samples kindly lent by Colin Williams. In general the event was great fun and incredibly interesting for anyone interested in building conservation or traditional materials, with numerous crafts exhibited including lead casting, thatching, flint knapping and carpentry.