Famous for the longest-running project ever followed by Grand Designs, Ed and Rowena explain the slow but sure ethos behind building their eco home.

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Every honed slice of timber and piece of carefully chosen stone reflects and represents the couple’s life together in Herefordshire, where they live off the land as much as possible. ‘We wanted to build our eco home and for it to reflect our philosophy of slow, sustainable, local, organic and whole,’ says Ed.

One of the most striking features of their house is the double-height medieval-style galleried central hall, with a towering cathedral window that has a frame fashioned out of a single Douglas fir tree.

The couple will be keynote speakers at The Big Straw Bale Gathering in Swansea, Wales, which will take place over two days on the 11th and 12th of August. An event aimed at those wanting to build their own eco home, it will take place at Down To Earth’s strawbale training centre. The weekend includes a schedule of lectures, discussions and hands on workshops, led by the UK's best natural builders and leading associated professionals.

There will also be the opportunity to enjoy local organic food and drink, music, yoga sessions, activities for children’s, along with walks, canyoneering and surfing on the beautiful Gower peninsular!

To take advantage of a special £10 discount, quote GRANDDESIGNS when placing your ticket order.

Visit The Big Straw Bale Gathering website for tickets and full event details.

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