Arlington visitors will build a mud hut

VISITORS will be invited to go on safari and build a mud hut at National Trust property Arlington Court, near Barnstaple. It is the idea of head warden Murray Sharpe, who helped pupils at Shirwell Primary School build a similar hut last year. They enjoy

VISITORS will be invited to go on safari and build a mud hut at National Trust property Arlington Court, near Barnstaple.

It is the idea of head warden Murray Sharpe, who helped pupils at Shirwell Primary School build a similar hut last year.

They enjoyed it so much, that he decided that he and his team should give Arlington's visitors the chance to have a go, too.

So, on Friday of next week, visitors will be invited to build the hut using all natural materials found on the estate.


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The frame will be hazel and the walls a mixture of mud, cow manure and straw. There will be a grass roof.

Murray Sharpe said: "If nothing else, the day will be great fun for all ages. All children love an excuse to get their hands - and probably most of their clothes - nice and dirty.

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