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Strawbale Build for Gardening Which? Magazine
at their Trial and show gardens at Capel Manor College, Enfield

These are pictures of a strawbale build for a Climate Change Garden
Creating an African style garden hut and a Serpentine(or crinkle-crankle) wall
Built with volunteers with no previous strawbale building experience

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First we built the African style garden hut, here it is prior to applying the earthen/lime render.

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The first coat of render using an earthen/lime render.

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The roof starts to receive it's Norfolk reed thatch.

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last coat of lime render has now been applied and the roof is finished.

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Next the building receives several coats of coloured limewash.

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After the building is finished it is given some fine detailed pargeting by Oliver and Inna (http://www.greenhamlet.com/).

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A close up of the beautiful pargeting work.

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Next Job was to start the serpentine(or crinkle-crankle) strawbale wall.

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As with the round hut, lots of bales needed custom shaping to follow the curves, now four courses high

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The wall was compressed using gripple wire tensioners, with the wire running over plywood top plate and down through the rubble trench foundation .

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Now the wall is nicely compressed and the straw/chicken wire capping can be fitted.

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Chicken wire is formed into an arch and stuffed with straw, then tied down tightly with baling twine.

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Next the wall receives it's first coat of earthen/lime render, we created a truth window for the non believers.

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View from the opposite end after the second coat of earthen/lime render has been applied.

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The wall after several coats of coloured limewash, now with planting and paths.

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The view from the opposite end to the previous picture.

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