“Here is a house so ecologically sound, it breathes in time to the trees around it.”
Built in 2001, the woodland house was the building that brought ‘roundwood timber framing’ to the public eye. Filmed for channel 4 for Grand Designs, the episode known as ‘the woodsman’s cottage’ was voted the public’s and presenter Kevin McCloud’s all time favourite Grand Design. Built from Sweet chestnut from Prickly Nut Wood, straw bales with lime and earth plasters and with the help of a merry crowd of volunteers the house emerged out of the woodland as if it had risen up amongst the coppice. As the years go by, the house is maturing beautifully in its woodland landscape and living up to it’s role as an adaptable family house.
The woodland house is possible to visit by booking onto one of my open days.
You can watch the Grand Designs episode here: Ben Law’s Woodland House on Grand Designs
Ben Law lives and works at Prickly Nut Wood in West Sussex, UK.
Apart from making a living from coppicing, he trains apprentices and runs courses on sustainable woodland management, eco-building and permaculture design. Ben also runs a few ticketed open days each year, to experience Prickly Nut Wood and visit the Woodland House.
Ben specialises in Roundwood Timber Framing and has developed specialist jointing techniques for the architectural style of building he creates. These, he passes on through his flagship Roundwood Timber Framing course. The building of his house was filmed for Channel 4’s Grand Designs program and was voted the most popular Grand Design ever by viewers.
Ben is also a prolific author having written six books. His latest book ‘Woodland Craft’ is a practical construction book of traditional and modern woodland crafts. Translations of ‘Woodland craft’ are available in French and German.