Yesterday and it was south-east England. In my “eye spy book” of National Trust properties Speckled Wood / Swanbarn has been in my top ten list for quite a while now. The box has now been ticked having spent two great day with my colleges there. The building itself is the brainchild of Dave the lead Ranger and with the help of hundreds of people and Ben Lawes of Grands Designs fame they have designed, produced, built and manage a remarkable property. From the 14,000 hand cut shingles to the clay plaster this house can be said has been grown at the property with most of the materials coming from literary a stones throw away. From fuel to food the site produces an awful lot of what it needs and is quite an inspiration site. If you ever get a chance to go on a National Trust working holiday please consider this site….it will ‘blow you away’ as they say
I was there with my colleges to say goodbye to a special guy. Rob Jarman has been leading the environmental cause for the National Trust for nearly three decades and has now decided to move on and back to his great love which is research…wont be the same without you Mr Jarman!