Speckled Wood opens its doors

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SPECKLED Wood, the eco-friendly house designed by Ben Law and built on Black Down with the help of hundred of hours of volunteers work, has been officially opened by Jane Cecil, general manager of the Sussex Downs National Trust Committee.

Dave Elliott, head warden of the Black Down Committee and a prime mover of the project, declared his pride in it and thanked all those who had helped.

The building is made of materials from the National Trust site, with straw insulation, lime plastering, roof shingles, banisters, floorboards and shelves all made from the trust’s wood.

The opening included a green wood working exhibition with huge oak logs hewn into beams by Julian Bell, the curator of the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum.