The Natural Building Centre

Y Ganolfan Adeiladu Naturiol.

Updates

Discover our news and developments and follow the progress of our ongoing project to restore the C16th house and grounds of Plas Tirion.

Bees and plants for pollinators

In three weeks our bees will arrive and will be able to enjoy the bee friendly flowers planted at Plas Tirion, funded by an award from Keep Wales Tidy, as part of their Wild Weekend campaign.

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With the help of the grant we planted up the old slate trough with bee friendly plants and added cowslips to the Mirabelle orchard that we planted last year.  After building a stand this weekend the hives are all set up and waiting for their new inhabitants, a good spot above a small stream in newly planted woodland, in the shade of sycamores.

Adventures in Wood

Arriving at Plas Tirion with little more than a bed and a sofa, we've been given and lent furniture, and now we have this oak chest,which we handed to Dan Collister in bits, now beautifully repaired and made useful.

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Dan uses wood with intuitive artistry to make beautiful furniture, ash, oak, cherry, sycamore, mostly bought locally….Adventures in Wood.net

Welcoming the first course of the year

A beautiful day for our first lime course of the year.

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Enjoying a lunch break during the lime course that we held for Wrexham Local Authority today, run as part of the Cefn Mawr Townscape Heritage Initiative, cakes supplied by our neighbours Tim and Ayla from Ty Hwnt yr Bont.  A group of eleven spent an enjoyable day learning about lime and picking up some practical skills, all ready now to work on their own projects.

Heavens steps

Hefin (or Heaven as five year old Sam calls him) is joining us to teach two dry stone walling weekends this year, so, a run of images showing his repair of the stone steps at Plas Tirion last April, now known as Heavens Steps.

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Already unstable when we came here, digging the necessary trenches to bring water up to the house finished off these stone steps up on the 1837 barn, and they tumbled down.  Unfortunately the top room houses the electricity meter and although the meter reading man gamely scrambled up them and made his way across the rotten floorboards for a whole year, we decided last April to rebuild them.  We are told that this type of stone stairway on the exterior of barns is unique to this area, there certainly are several examples on the surrounding farms.

Hefin  is running two dry stone walling weekends for us this year (see the training page for details and booking), and if you live or work in rural Conwy you may be able to receive 75% funding towards the cost – please contact us for details, more on which will be posted soon.

The garden restoration, a years progress in photos

From overgrown neglect and muddy building site to lawn and blossom and everything in between. Looking through last years photos made me realise what a transformation a years hard work can make.

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No more crossing pallets to get from the front door to the car, from the very first image of the top terrace above the orchard when we first got the keys to Plas Tirion, to the garden this morning with 500 spring bulbs (a Christmas present) starting to grow.  It has been a family effort, completed on a budget with only yew trees for a hedge and grass seeds for a lawn bought and all other plants divided and donated from Neds mothers garden.