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Straw Bale Building Course back in Dorset!

DCRS’s original two-day Straw Bale Building course has come home to Farrington. The move back to Dorset has enabled the price to be reduced to £235, which includes free camping and a delicious lunch on both days. 


Unfortunately we have no accommodation apart from camping, but there some great places around to suit all budgets.

We suggest:-

Pub with rooms

Saxon Inn

(3 miles / 5 min drive)


Bushes Farm Caravan Park

(7 miles / 15 min drive)

Basic camping behind pub

The Plough

(3 miles / 5 min drive)

Bed & Breakfast


01747 812365

(1 mile / 3 min drive)


Andrew's Straw Bale Building Blog

Januray 2015: Andrew attended our Straw Bale Building course in 2010, and has now nearaly completed his straw bale build in Scotland. Find out how he has got on, from the initial idea to the actual building process and the lovely finished house:

Part 1

Part 2

Liam's Blog

Liam came on our course in August 2013 and is about to embark on a project to build his own music studio. Find out how he gets on with building in straw here!

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Read what the Saturday Telegraph thought about Straw Bale Building after they sent Journalist Dominic Prince on the course. 

What makes straw bale building sustainable?

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Straw Bale Building

Straw bale building course at D.C.R.S

Straw bale round house at The Magdalen Project built by Rob Buckley.

High Ham Straw Bale ClassroomHigh Ham straw bale classroom built by Rob's team DCRS Construction

Straw Bale Building Course

DCRS Straw Bale Course in progress - building the example house in old DCRS workshops.

A two-day course of theory and building work learning the basic techniques of practical building with straw bales.   During the two days the following topics will be covered and put into practice constructing a demonstation building dedicated to training:

  • History of bale building
  • Advantages and disadvantages of straw bales as a building material
  • Local authority Planning and Building Control implications
  • Environmental impact
  • Costs
  • Current straw bale building practice and recent innovations
  • Planning your project
  • Foundations
  • Walls
  • Roofing
  • Finishing options
  • Maintenance

There are a maximum of 12 places on the course with DCRS director and tutor Rob Buckley.  Rob has been building sustainable new builds and renovating older properties for 25 years with his building companies BBI and DCRS Construction Ltd and pioneered straw bale building techniques over the past 10 years

As this is a small class, any particular aspect of building with straw bales or personal projects can be discussed during the course.


DCRS, Blandford, Dorset, DT11 8RA

Free camping if required as well as lunch and evening meal on the first day and lunch on the second. Good local B&Bs are available.

Course held in open, so dress for the weather conditions although you are protected from rain and should stay dry!

Straw Bale Building course cost:

  • £235.00 including camping and meals

Course dates:

  • Friday and Saturday 8/9th June 2018 cancelled.


Please contact us to request a place on a course.


Past Quotes:

“Totally marvelous - I learnt a lot! All that was needed was covered in the course content." 

Gavin, Upminster.

“"Very informative, practical, encouraging and friendly. Thank you."

Mary Claire, Ireland.

DCRS, Willow Barn, Farrington, Blandford, Dorset DT11 8RA

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