Visitor centre artist's impression

How UP STRAW and teamwork is creating a new flagship visitor centre for Hastings Country Park

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Since 2019 Huff and Puff Construction have been hard at work on an exciting project to deliver a new flagship straw-bale building for Hastings Borough Council – a new Visitor centre at Hastings Country Park. This centre will house information about the park, its habitats, geology, heritage and species, together with a café and new […]

We’re ‘Breaking Ground’ this May for Hastings Country Park new Visitor Centre!

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Huff and Puff Construction are ‘breaking-ground’ in Hastings this week as we kick start work on the new Country Park Visitor Centre which is due for completion in Summer 2020. Hastings Country Park – Background Hastings Country Park, owned and managed by Hastings Borough Council, is a beautiful nature reserve on the south-east coast of […]

We’re sponsoring the Big Straw Bale Gathering 2018!

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I’m delighted to say Huff & Puff Construction are sponsoring the inaugural Big Straw Bale Gathering, to be held 10th-12th August at Down to Earth, Swansea. This is the first event of its type, a gathering to discuss and learn straw bale construction and share the latest and best thinking within the industry. Held at Down […]

Huff Puff House has arrived!

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We are delighted to launch Huff Puff House!  An eco-friendly, energy efficient and truly affordable self build home. Visit to find out more. Over the last year we have been working closely with Brian Waite, the talented designer, to be able to bring this stunning design the largest possible audience.  Previously called ‘strawbalehouse’ we have rebranded the design to […]


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I am delighted to announce we are working with Brian Waite, designer of ‘strawbalehouse‘, on making this fantastic cruck frame design available to those who would like to build it. Every now and again a building design really catches your eye and imagination – and Brian’s design is as functional as it is good looking.  It’s […]

Casein versus Cascamite – a post you’ll be glued to!

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When straw bale building, one inevitably ends up with lots of wood that needs both gluing and nailing together. But what glue should a natural builder use? Where there is a need for exterior grade glue and certainty that the fix will not be compromised over time, the current glue you frequently see being used […]

Self-build discussed on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed

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There was an interesting piece about self-build recently on Radio 4’s Thinking Allowed programme.  You can access it on the BBC website here – it’s on for about the first 10 minutes. Host Laurie Taylor and guest Michaela Benson discuss the motivations and experiences of UK self-builders that she has gathered in her research.  She discusses […]

Spring and Summer 2016 Course Dates Released!

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Our spring and summer 2016 course dates are now available!  Check out the training page for course dates and bookings. We start off with our ‘May of Clay’.  On each of the two bank holiday weekends we’ll be holding a 3-day course in clay plastering for beginners, all food and camping included. Then again, all-inclusive, […]

A glimpse into the mind of a straw bale builder…

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When I was young I wanted to do a lot of different things, but the core ambition was always to do something that would help our environment, not make it worse. To find and promote ways to ‘live lightly’ and co-exist with the rest of nature – the lack of which, for all the positives […]

Shaftesbury Build and Training Course

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I’ve been busy this month working with all the wonderful folk at Bittles Brook Farm in Motcombe, Shaftesbury, in preparation for the building and training course we are running there in a couple of weeks. I’ve come to know the farm through Jonathan Davies, who is a recently graduated Master of Architecture, educated in Australia, […]