Last weekend, an event called 57 degrees North: Huts in Place was held as part of Archifringe, there were two days of huts, bothies, cultural adventures and workshops based at Abriachan forest classroom. You can listen to audio of the various workshops on the link below. Organiser Mairi McFadyen describes what happened:
“We had a great afternoon yesterday up in Abriachan forest discussing all things hutting as part of 57 Degrees North at the Architecture Fringe yesterday. Huge thanks to Lesley Riddoch, Karen Grant of Reforesting Scotland and Highland-based ecologist Emily Hesling for fantastic contributions and to the Forest School for hosting the event. Cakes galore!
Karen spoke about the ongoing campaign and outlined recent policy and legislation. She also highlighted in the cultural importance of the bothy or hut as a space for creativity.
Emily shared some wisdom and insights in terms of environmental considerations when planning a hut build, outlining steps you can take to ensure your hut has as little environmental impact as possible (while an ecological survey is not necessary requirement, it can only add to any proposal). She also discussed creative ways in which a hut could even add to the local biodiversity.
We have recorded these talks with thanks to Chris Wright of Local Voices and these are now available at the link below. We also enjoyed spending time in the new Northscape – Highland show hut – an experiment for the fesitval constructed as far as possible with local materials (much of the wood was sourced from Abriachan forest itself). With thanks to Wild Gorse Studio the hut also showcased work from local artists, designers and makers. The hut builders would love to hear your feedback!
Listen to some of the talks here: