I stumbled across a possible cladding material for the out-of-sight sides for the workshop, called ecosheet. Light, completely waterproof, hard-wearing, does not need painting and can be drilled and sawn like wood – perfect! It is also made of 100% recycled plastic so good for the planet.
That was the good news, the bad news is that – as a very helpful lady at Fforch-Egel Farm, Swansea explained to me – the company with the licence to manufacture the boards in the Uk went into administration in November and are no longer making them.
Why did i find this out from a welsh farmer? The answer is that there is a apparently a great need for this kind of board in agriculture, and lots of farmers have set up mini supply businesses for this and other farming related materials as a side line. Who knew?
Anyhow, Sohphie of Fforch-Egel Farm went on to explain that they had been on the hunt for an alternative and has finally got hold of something called ecoply, however it is very expensive (about £70 per board). So back to the drawing board.