World Earth Day (22 April) is coming up and the theme this year is ‘Invest In our Planet’.  

At Orchard Barn, we believe that every day is an ‘Earth’ day, as one of our key focus areas is to showcase traditional ways of using the earth as an eco-friendly building material. 

Join us at Needham Market Community Centre this Earth Day between 10am–3pm to take part in our ‘Play with Clay Day’ – a chance for both children and adults to get creative, get your hands dirty and then take home your creations. This is free of charge and no booking required.

We are also offering free Earth Building Workshops on Wednesday, 3 May and Saturday, 27 May, 10am–3pm at Orchard Barn. These workshops include both the theory and then a practical session and will look at the traditional use and modern application of making and using hybrid daub. The theory session includes how our environmentally friendly Light Straw Clay also complies with modern Building Regulations. 

Between April to September this year our Earth Building workshops are funded by MSDC’s Community Building Grant. They are for adults only. Please check our website for dates.

If you’re interested in attending one of the Earth Building Workshops, please email: 

To find out more about us or to Volunteer, look at our website:, email: or call Sarah on: 07766 054 042.

Orchard Barn, Ringshall, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2LY