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WELL-known woodsman Ben Law has helped to judge a competition seeking to find the best rural home for the future.

Mr Law, who built his own eco-house near Midhurst and has appeared on Channel 4’s Grand Designs and BBC1’s Countryfile, was on a judging panel at The Novium museum in Chichester.

Schoolchildren across the Chichester district were invited to showcase their artistic talents by designing a home for the future.

Mr Law said: ‘These designs are exciting and the children have thought about them. I like some of their ideas.’

The competition attracted 28 entries. The winner and two runners-up will be announced in September and the winning entries will be displayed at the museum.

Children were asked to imagine what rural homes could look like in the future, taking into consideration new technology that may be available and how new, affordable homes can be built without damaging the natural environment.

Chichester councillor Carol Purnell said: ‘The issue of affordable housing in rural areas is rarely out of the media.

‘How we deal with the housing situation in our rural areas now is very relevant to the next generation.

‘We are pleased that this competition has given children across the district the opportunity to engage with this topical issue and we have been inspired by the brilliant designs that we have received from our local young designers of the future.’