Living With The Land Part 2 - Natural Building

Permaculture People
Wednesday, 8th July 2015

Kevin McCloud, presenter of Channel 4's 'Grand Designs', introduces us to a world of beautiful, practical and natural buildings.

From clay and cob, to straw bale and timber framing, learn how using natural and local materials is not only economical, but creates a unique home that is strong and durable.

Natural buildings are an ancient tradition with a modern appeal. Creating healthy, beautiful homes from natural materials such as earth, straw and timber, building naturally is the ultimate expression of ecological design. Building isn’t ‘done' to us – it can be done by us. The skills and techniques used in natural building are hands-on and accessible, enabling us all to design our own healthy living spaces bring people and the elements together.

Jo Forsyth, Rowland Keable and straw bale expert Barbara Jones explains how these traditional methods have been used for centuries whilst the drawbacks of modern materials are becoming more evident.

The UK has a rich tradition of natural building and natural architecture that is seeing a renewed interest. Building naturally is one such response to Living With The Land.

Thanks to:

Jo Forsyth, Natural Builder

Barbara Jones and all at Straw Works

Rowland Keable, Director of Rammed Earth Consulting CIC Rammed Earth Consulting

Shift Bristol

Bosavern Community Farm

Earth Building UK & Ireland

Hayley Walsh, Photographer

Pentiddy Housebuild

Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazine

Logo designed by HIP Permaculture

Additional Camera Daniel Dobbie of Anglefish Films

Narrated by Kevin McCloud, Channel 4 presenter, writer, designer and founder of Hab Housing @Kevin_McCloud

Living with the Land | The Films

'Living with the Land' is a series of nine short online films free to view and distribute. Please share the link far and wide! Produced by Permaculture People for Permaculture magazinethe films showcase the people and projects in the UK designing ecologically sound and regenerative land based practices. The films will be released to coincide with the build-up to the 12th International Permaculture Convergence, in London this September organised by the Permaculture Association

To see all nine films see

More About Natural Building

Shift Bristol featured in this film are starting a new course that includes a hands on natural build.

Video: Building a simple wood and cobwood roundhouse

Building a Low Impact Roundhouse (also available as an eBook)

The art and science of natural plaster

A range of Green Building books from our shopping site

Check out the House Building topic at IPCUK

ralcock |
July 8, 2015 - 9:02pm

Very good photos too! especially liked the ones at 0:38 and 0:50...

Ok, I admit it, they are of my house... (see more at!)

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