Practical Car Tyre Foundations Course – Selkirk, Scotland

8 – 10 July 2022

Come and join us on this exciting practical car tyre foundation course in Selkirk, Scotland. We are working with self-builders Jenna and Trevor who have permission to build a load bearing, one and a half storey, straw-bale house with car tyre foundations. The house will be 8m x 13m, plus a round garden room, a porch and verandah.

The course will cover practical aspects of car tyre foundations, including:

  • How to set out the site, using datums
  • How to choose the right car tyres
  • Laying, filling, stacking and ramming tyres
  • How to make the stacks level, and much more!

You should be prepared for outdoor physical activity that may be strenuous at times.

Barbara Jones will be your trainer. Barbara set up the School of Natural Building with her business partner Eileen in 2014 and has been teaching on-site for over 20 years. She has lots of experience of strawbale building as well as plastering and many other skills! She will ensure course participants have a wonderful learning experience.

Course dates: 8 – 10 July 2022

Location: Selkirk, Scotland

Cost: £120 for 3-day course

Times: We will work from 8:45 – 17:00 each day

Food:Refreshments are included in the price but you will need to bring your own lunch

Accommodation: You will need to find your own accommodation – we can give you guidance once you have booked

To Book: Please email to confirm a place and send your payment as soon as possible as our courses fill up quickly and we operate on a first come first served basis. We will then send you further details.

Payment should be made by BACs as detailed here:

Nat West Bank

Sort Code: 60-09-27

Account Number: 79606113

Please use reference: CT Selkirk


Or can be made by PayPal here. Please click ‘Send’, enter the £200 fee, and write the reference ‘CT Selkirk’ in the notes box.


Or can be made by cheque made payable to School of Natural Building and sent to:

Hollinroyd Farm, Todmorden, OL14 8RJ

The Bigger Picture!

YOU WILL NEED TO BRING WITH YOU (if you have them, we can provide most things except boots and clothing if you let us know):

  • Stout work boots, steel toe-cap if possible
  • Work clothes and waterproofs (that you don’t mind getting mucky) to keep you warm and dry
  • Work gloves 
  • A pair of wrap round safety glasses
  • Tape measure
  • Lump hammer
  • Paper and pencil
  • Water bottle

And if you have them, but not essential:

  • Claw hammer
  • Knee pads or trousers with integral knee pads