Working on the Peach House at Dumfries House has been an amazing experience. It has combined everything I’ve learnt so far, since being involved with the Prince’s Foundation. I’ve embraced the opportunity to design, project manage and build this oak framed structure – a goal of mine for some time.
It was through The Foundation that I learnt the importance of using local, sustainable materials, and this has been a key part of this building project. The skeletal structure of the Peach House is a hand cut, green oak frame, the thatch is Norfolk water reed, and the capping is sawn cedar shingles.
I cannot thank Dumfries House Estate and The Prince’s Foundation enough for the opportunities I’ve been given – both in my apprenticeship and the projects I’ve completed since. It is because of my time with the Foundation that I have gained the experience and confidence to see a project like this from start to finish. By combining the lessons I learnt as a student, with the experience they helped me gain after graduating, I am proud to have been able to build something that will form part of the Dumfries House legacy for generations to come.
I’ve been asked to come back and tutor on the summer school and live build again this year, which is a privilege and a pleasure. The fact that I got so much out of my apprenticeship two years ago makes me want to ensure the next cohort of students get the same fantastic experience I had.