Build a Hut Week

—– Now Fully Booked —–

Come and join us for a week with Cross Cut (a cooperative of women who design & build ecological, sustainable structures) taking part in a 5-day supported hut build. We’ll be learning as we construct a small, off-grid, timber-framed hut.

We’re building an insulated wooden hut on the site of an old potting shed that will act as an artists studio, meeting place for our artists residencies, and a base for researchers working on the woodland birds. The start of the hut construction will take place at the Hut Building course in Falkland and will be dismantled and transported to Upper Woodburn afterwards, where Cross Cut will be supporting the build, and will instruct participants in the use of equipment, skills and principles of building an off-grid hut.

Monday 6 – Friday 10 June

We hope the week will, not only be a time to learn new skills, but a time to make new connections with others in a beautiful place. There will be time for exploring the woods and relaxing together over food in the evenings.

We have accommodation in the Pavilion and the Roundhouse for participants to stay in, or you can come on a daily basis if you live nearby – there are buses that stop at the end of the drive that start at Buchanan Street Bus station in Glasgow, and stop at Bishopbriggs, Kirkintilloch and Kilsyth.

So if you’re interested in hut design and off-grid buildings and are want to get an overview of how to build them – come along and join in!

More Information

Cross Cut is a cooperative of women who design & build ecological, sustainable structures from locally sourced timber, and regularly run workshops to pass on their passion and skills to others. They will be keeping us on the straight-and-narrow during the week. Cross Cut are running a Build School at Falkland in May and the hut they are building during that week will be reconstructed during this work-party saving time so that we can experience the whole process of building, insulating and cladding a hut in an accelerated timeframe.

All participants need to be over 18 years old.

Costs:

The cost will be £250 for the five days including all lunches.

Accommodation (Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs/Fri) is provided in the Pavilion and the Roundhouse and will cost £150 per person sharing a room (if we can make this work with the numbers) and £250 if you have a room to yourself. If you are staying in our self-catering accommodation, just bring your own breakfasts, lunch is provided and we will coordinate about shared evening meals when we know who is coming (cost not included). Accommodation in the Roundhouse only is available Sunday 5th at a small additional cost.

About Upper Woodburn:

Upper Woodburn is a small native woodland at the foot of the Campsie Fells with three self-catering cottages. June is a wonderful time in the woods and gardens with incredible wildlife and the rhododendrons in full bloom (we are working on a plan of how to remove the rhododendron ponticum but, until then, they will look spectacular in June!). The dawn chorus will be at its height – if you can get up at 5am…. You can find more information about us here:

Optional Activities

We are just getting started at Upper Woodburn, having taken over this magical place in June 2021, so are experimenting with additional activities. With it being June and the height of the dawn chorus, Kat will run an optional extra activity of a dawn chorus walk if there is demand – for those that need help in identifying the species – and an evening badger stake-out.

If you are interested in either of these let us know when you book.

If you have any questions please get in touch with Kat kat@upperwoodburn.com

Cross Cut are a worker’s cooperative who combine the passing on of skills for sustainable building within their own construction work and projects and are established to be accessible, collaborative, affordable and sustainable in what they do. – Photo Cross Cut – www.crosscutcoop.com

Good Rhodies – Bad Rhodies!

22 April 2022

We’ve got all sorts of rhododendrons at Upper Woodburn. Some specimen ‘nice’ rhododendrons that don’t spread and look beautiful and are generally well behaved. Like this beautiful red one that sets off the sunset behind the roundhouse so nicely and has just flowered this week.

Unfortunately we also have plenty of the Rhododendron ponticum, a highly invasive species which is threatening woodlands all over Scotland. At present they are mainly in the gardens and the lower oak woodlands, but we have a plan to try and take out all the ponticum to help protect the woodland.

We started with a huge one that was completely overshadowing the Lodge and the outdoor seating area. We’ve made good progress so far taking down the multi-storey giant. And I have just received some Scotia Seeds native wildflower mix to plant on the bare earth that’s left.


Badgers!

25th July 2021

We went badger watching last night. Inspired by the photos of a guest, Lee Mills, who managed to capture some photos of badgers really close up while on a walk through the woods, we decided to go on a stake out.

We had the essentials- midge head-nets, snacks and a picnic blanket to sit on and we took it a few hundred yards up behind the house close to one of the badger runs and just sat. As the dusk settled we heard rustling and then saw a badger tobogganing down a steep mud slope and trot along the path below us. Soon after another followed and another and we watched them for an hour foraging and wandering around the little gulley.


Rhododendrons

5th June 2021

I have a troublesome relationship with rhododendrons. On the one hand Rhododenron ponticum is a highly invasive species that is a particular menace to Scotland’s rare habitats, particularly the west coast’s Atlantic oak woodlands. And on the other hand they are absolutely stunning when in full bloom. But it’s not just the ponticum we have here – there are lots of incredible specimen rhododendrons too. I’ll need to get rid of the ponticum at some point but this year ….. I just enjoyed them

Here’s some more photos ….


An Ocean of Bluebells

10th May 2021

The bluebells are looking absolutely astounding this week. The ground is so densely covered with them we had to walk really carefully to get these photos. The wood sorrel is also flowering – also called the Alleluia flower because it flowers between Easter and Pentecost…. which I suppose is about this time of year! Sitting in the woodland listening to the birds singing was something really special.

Here’s some more photos ….


Woodcock walks

15 March 2021

Today I saw two woodcock – I flushed them out of the fallen leaves in two different parts of the wood. As one of them clattered off I heard a Nuthatch – relative new-comers to Scotland from further south, but they are a particular favourite of mind with their call that I always think sounds like a man whistling for his dog


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