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On show: Dorset's old architectural beauties and modern eco homes
2:00pm Friday 27th September 2013 in News
VISITORS flocked to more than 200 events for Dorset Architectural Heritage Week.
Organisers hailed this year’s 20th annual showcase as a fantastic success as several thousand people explored the county’s architectural history.
Event manager Ian Utley was keen to praise the efforts and the goodwill of the many volunteers who led the events.
He said “Thank you to all of the owners, experts, volunteers and guardians who took part this year.
“Heritage Week could not take place without their hard work and the number of visitors we have seen this September demonstrates that, even after 20 years, your contribution is still hugely appreciated.
“It’s fantastic to see an event which began with only 24 properties in 1994 still growing in popularity in 2013”
Demand for tickets on some of the more popular events led to long waiting lists for returned tickets in some cases, but staff at the Heritage Week booking office did their best to ensure that everyone had the chance to visit at least one property on their wish lists.
Many owners of environmentally friendly homes in Dorchester, Weymouth and west Dorset threw open their doors for the week.The Open Eco-Homes initiative was organised by environmental group greendor with help from Transition Town Dorchester and Transition Town Bridport for the architectural heritage week.
Andrew and Sally Goss ran tours of their sustainable home in Herringston Road that they had built behind their previous home around three years ago.
Their son was an architecture student at the time and helped with the project that involved building the walls out of chalk dug out of the ground on site while recyclable materials were used wherever possible.
David and Jane Henshaw welcomed visitors to their Manor Road home, which was originally built in the 1940s, to show them how eco-friendly features could be added to a home.
Sally Cooke, from greendor, said: “There is nothing like talking to someone who has actually done it to make an idea come to life.”
More than 600 people visited 12 eco-homes open in the Bridport area.
John Butler, from Claremont Road, built an extension made of straw bales and showed his extensive research into materials which insulate without requiring much energy to make them.
The 2014 Dorset Architectural Heritage Week will take place on September 10 to 18.
Visit www.dahw.org.uk for more details.
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