Students at Cardiff University have mastered an ancient Celtic technique to build a traditional Japanese teahouse.

Using hazel coppiced from Forestry Commission Wales woodland at Parc y Van, near Caerphilly, to make wattle and daub infill panels the first and second year architecture students based the design of the timber frame building on a 16th century teahouse in a temple in Kyoto.

“Wood has the lowest carbon footprint of any commonly used building material and it’s wonderful to see these students demonstrating how versatile it can be,” said FC Wales forest ranger Emma Louise Felkin.