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Low-cost building workshops – Murwillumbah

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Murwillumbah Community Gardens (MCG) is running two low-cost building workshops about building with earth-based materials.

The two workshops will be facilitated by Rebecca Whan, ‘a world-renowned architect and expert, busy facilitating earth-buildings around the globe,’ said Amber Alley, spokesperson for MCG.

Looking at techniques that can be used for sustainable, low-cost building or environmentally friendly feature garden walls participants will take a hands-on approach and help to build a garden wall at the community gardens in Murwillumbah.

‘This will be a retaining wall to limit erosion loss, and a feature on a new flower garden for the bees,’ said Ms Alley.

‘Earth wall buildings have been used in many traditional settings universally. They have gathered interest in recent times since they greatly reduce damage to the environment, are aesthetically pleasing, and involve fewer delivery miles in their making. The same principles are used to create houses and other buildings.’

In the first workshop you will learn about the materials used and practical applications, in building the wall. The second workshop will recap this work and then go on to render the wall.

The workshops will run on Saturday, 20 and Sunday, 28 May from 8am to 12 noon. Bookings are essential as numbers are limited. Closed footwear is essential.

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  1. The most environmentally friendly way to build, is to only make things that will be useful for generations, out of materials that will last for generations. That’s why Europe looks the way it does.


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