The Natural Building Centre

Y Ganolfan Adeiladu Naturiol.

The Threshing Barn Project

During the month of May we are repairing our beautiful 170 year old stone threshing barn, one of the curtilage agricultural buildings of grade 2* listed Plas Tirion.  The repairs will be carried out using traditional techniques and materials and we are inviting people to join us for a series of free workshops and open access days to view the work, speak to the craftsmen and see them at work. You can even  assist them, we have available a limited number of free training places, to work alongside the expert craftsmen and learn specialist skills for the repair of heritage buildings.  Please see other course listings for places in Heritage Carpentry, Hot Mixing and applying Lime and Traditional Slate Roofing.

We are opening up the site to the public in a series of open access days – 15th, 22nd & 29th May – no need to book just turn up anytime between the hours of 10.00 and 3.00.

All are welcome to come and talk to the specialist craftsmen and see them at work, watch the progress of the traditional repair of a beautiful example of vernacular architecture and learn about our work here at NBC.


May Course Offer!

The more the merrier! Bring a friend along of free on our May weekend walling course and enjoy good company, whilst learning a useful skill, working outdoors in glorious spring sunshine all weekend (we hope) in the grounds of our beautiful Tudor house.  Further details can be found on the Training/courses page of the website.

Forest & Timber

The forest is a large area of mixed woodland which Neds father has been managing for the last twenty years.  By clear felling areas of Larch, Spruce and Douglas Fir he has been able to single handedly replant areas with thousands of native hardwoods.  His many years of hard work is paying off and the forest is now a beautiful environment, full of wildlife.  We saw it at its best today, in warm spring sunshine, watching a woodpecker drumming on a dead branch.

We are able to cut to order, to your measurements, Larch and Douglas Fir and will build up an available stock of useful lengths and dimensions.

When and how to get in touch with us!

Our office and warehouse are officially open for advice and sales of materials Mondays and Fridays from 9.00 until 5.00 and Wednesdays from 9.00 until 12.00. Out side of those hours we are often here and may answer the phone and will always reply to emails within a day.

You can also arrange by appointment to collect materials throughout the week, and on Saturday mornings by appointment.

On our closed days we are busy doing site visits, running training days, working on conservation projects, milling our timber or catching up with paperwork!

Welsh Historic Gardens Trust Award

We are very grateful to have been offered support from the WHGT to create two knot gardens either side of the central path in the sloping lawns at the front of Plas Tirion. The design will be based upon the 1626 plaster overmantle in one of the downstairs rooms of the house, the strap work design lends itself perfectly to a knot garden.  The knots will be planted in an authentic Tudor fashion, with dwarf box hedges and five compartments for planting.  Over the last year we have been gradually repairing sections of the walled garden and developing the lower slope as a native wildflower meadow.  The area enclosed by these walls is being developed as an authentic Tudor garden using only plants that would have been available when the house was built.