As ever the weekly one hour programme includes a variety of features. Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison go behind-the-scenes at Slindon in Sussex to reveal how two very different traditions are helping keep the picturesque village alive after it lost its pub, post office and local shop. Tom Heap investigates what impact plans to build hundreds of miles of new power lines will have on Britain's countryside, and Adam looks into an initiative to encourage more wildlife on his farm. For details view: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b016nf9n Woodsman and roundwood timber frame builder,
Ben Law appears as part of a feature which sees presenter Katie Knapman travelling to Swan Barn Farm in Surrey where the National Trust is putting the finishing touches to a brand new eco-house. It's hoped the house will attract long term volunteers who cannot afford to live nearby in Haslemere. Katie learns the importance of using local materials from designer and contractor Ben, whose own house in the woods, as most of you will know, has already been featured on television.
Ben's appearance on Channel 4's Grand Designs has proven to be an enduring favourite of both audiences and the show's presenter, Kevin McCloud. The show Ben appeared on was even chosen to represent Channel 4's 25th anniversary of broadcasting celebrations.
Ben regularly writes for Permaculture magazine, and is an author for our Permanent Publications publishing arm. You can get 25% OFF All Permanent Publications books, including The Woodland Way, The Waoodland House, The Woodland Year and Roundwood Timber Framing by Ben Law. Please see: http://www.green-shopping.co.uk/books/pp.html - postage & packing is FREE (UK only) when ordered online.
Finally, the local shop that Ben helped design and build, the Lodsworth Larder, has been nominated for two more awards. The NatWest Community Award, and the Daily Telegraph Best Corner Shop award. Both links are on the Lodsworth Larder's website http://www.lodsworthlarder.co.uk/ They would be delighted if you would support them, and consider adding them to your blog or social networking site.