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Holme Lacy students have a new eco café
Straw bale café
Holme Lacy students have a new straw bale café.

Students at Herefordshire College of Technology (HCT) have a new café made from straw.

It's been built on the Holme Lacy campus using locally-sourced materials.

They include 60 straw bales from Pound Farm and timber from Western Red Cedar trees found in the college's 150 acres of forest and woodland.

Rob Dunne, Assistant Principal, said it's a great success: "It's all home-grown stuff - I know the students have taken a great deal of pride in that.

"It's not only reducing the build's carbon footprint but also connecting the structure to its local environment."

Longevity and learning

The café's structure is intended to last for 20 years and could even be used as a research model to give students the opportunity to test new environmental technologies.

Building the straw walls
Nottingham University students help build the straw bale walls.

As well as students from HCT, the School of the Built Environment at Nottingham University have also been involved in construction.

Dan Cooper, a student governor, said the café will be useful for socialising and learning: "It really is something that the students have asked for - something bigger, somewhere to meet up.

"One of the key things for them is how environmentally-friendly it is using local resources - and it's a nice outdoor place to meet."

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