Looking for a talk about sustainability in action, community development of heritage skills or reinstating a timber frame from the 1580 'like for like'?


With fourteen years of experience and success behind them the Orchard Barn story is both inspiring and informative.

Establishing a Community Interest Company and undertaking a major renovation as a series of training projects has not been the quickest, but it has helped over 3500 people (and counting) learn heritage skills and keep them relevant to the needs and environmental challenges of the 21st century.

OBee CIC specialise in using natural materials sourced from the landscape or woods. Using a combination of traditional methods and human energy we teach students and volunteers to convert earth and trees into buildings.

There are huge environmental and social benefits to working collectively in these low impact ways. We can show your group how.

Within Suffolk, UK our fee for a 50 minute talk is 90 with OBee CEO Sarah Partridge. At no extra charge she can bring examples of traditional building materials dating back 500 years. Travel time outside of county and expenses are negotiable.

TO BOOK YOUR TALK email sarah@orchardbarn.org.uk or phone 07766-054042

Choose the subject you would like for your talk:

  • Reinstating a 1580 timber frame 'like for like'
  • Building with the local landscape!
  • Keeping heritage building skills alive
  • Community building
  • Earth as a building material
  • The story of the hand cut roof and its 20,000 shingles
  • Volunteer projects at Orchard Barn
  • Designing and running an off-grid centre




  U3A visitors enjoying their guided tour with Sarah Partridge

We can also organise guided tours of Orchard Barn for your group @ 18/per person to include tea and cake. Minimum group size of 8.

Visitors enjoying a talk at Orchard Barn