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Raising the roof in the round at farm near Market Drayton

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This intricately-roofed roundhouse will soon be filled with schoolchildren. The first stage of the building plan has now been completed by volunteers at community-owned Fordhall Farm, near Market Drayton.

The main structure has now been built and manager Becca Cartwright said it was great to see the project underway. It will be used by children who visit their farm with their schools.

She said: "It was quite a feat to get the roof up.

"We'd built the henge using up-cycled telegraph poles from around the farm on a volunteer weekend in the summer.

"We had decided we wanted to build a reciprocal roof, which means that each roof pole is supporting the other, without a central support underneath.

"It took six strong volunteers a whole weekend to raise all 12, 5.4 metre long roof poles up on top of the circular structure.

"The panels have been put in on the roof, but we still need to shingle it and build a pitched porch.

"We are going to fit each section with a half wall to protect the children from the elements.

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"Each wall will be made out of a different material, giving volunteers and young people on our youth project the chance to learn about different sustainable materials and different building techniques."

The roundhouse has been part funded by the Big Lottery's Awards for All Fund as well as a legacy from a generous long term shareholder and volunteer.

Ms Cartwright added: "We're very grateful for the funding we've received for this project.

"Both the legacy and the Awards for All fund have helped create this beautiful and vital structure on the farm."

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Fordhall Organic Farm will run three volunteer working weekends this year in February, September and November.

During the weekend of February 6-7, volunteers will build a pond dipping platform using recycled plastic materials as a safe space for children when on educational visits to the farm.

Booking is essential for the volunteer working weekend.

To book email becca.cartwright@fordhallfarm.com or alternatively visit www.fordhallfarm.com for more information.

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