Community run Centre for Environmental Education specialising in natural and traditional building courses



OBee Community Interest Company uses low-tech and traditional construction projects as a way of bringing people together to learn


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Our current project is the reinstatement of our 1580 Suffolk Long House

Introducing Gemma Sayers, OBee's new Heritage Building Director

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Our courses are mostly held at Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Suffolk, IP14 2LY, UK in our award winning off-grid environmental education centre. GOOGLE MAPS

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Suffolk Greenest County award winner


Orchard Barn Environmental Education Centre (OBee) CIC No: 06379982


Registered Office: Orchard Barn, Bildeston Road, Ringshall Stowmarket, IP14 2LY, UK
Registered in England and Wales


Annual Report for 15-16

Annual Report for 16-17

Annual Report for 17-18

Annual Report for 18-19

Annual Report for 19-20


Adopted policies

Data Protection Statement April 21

Equality and Diversity policy March 21

Health and Safety policy March 21

Safeguarding policy March 21

Volunteer policy April 21

Expenses policy May 21

Grievance procedure April 21

Complaints procedure April 21



  Site map of Orchard Barn by Izzy Roberts

New Orchard Barn site map (2021) crafted by Izzy Roberts

Mike, Myrtle and Jane repairing outdoor seating area

Mike, Myrtle and Jane repairing the outdoor seating area (September 2020).

This seat is constructed from flint, reclaimed brick, lime, cob (clay and straw) and wany edged oak (offcuts from milling).










Volunteers enjoying a break in the sunshine