A BBC crew came over to visit us today to film a piece for Countryfile. I like the idea of the project getting a bit of publicity, of course standing in front of the camera and trying to tell people about it is a bit of a different matter.
I’m not really sure how it went, but am hoping that the building, and the wider project will come over well. The idea was to get across how we wanted a building that would link people with the local landscape. It has been constructed from the products of that landscape, and is being built to house people who will be starting out on a career of helping to conserve, protect and enhance access to the woodlands and open spaces from which the materials used to make and heat their house came.
The building was playing its part well for the day, the scaffolding had just come down around the verandah, and we had finished shingling this side of the roof only last week. The sun even managed to come out for a few minutes on what was otherwise quite a windy and overcast day.
We went out into the woods and cut some sweet chestnut from trees that had been felled earlier in the year, then came back to the build site where I showed Katie how to make a shingle for the roof. Ben then took her up onto the roof to nail on some of the shingles our volunteer groups have been making. By chance it happened to be the day on which we were nailing on some of the shingles that have been generously sponsored by local people on the Transition Town stall at the farmers market in Haslemere.
Its apparently going to be on the programme on the 23rd October. I will be watching with trepidation from behind the sofa.