Amazing Space razed to the ground: Woodland retreat featured in Channel 4 series torched by arsonistsTim Sands spent 7,000 life savings on building which has now been torchedIt featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces in December last yearExpensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to the teacher's grandad were also destroyed in the blaze
Torched: Arsonists have destroyed a woodland retreat built by teacher Tim Sands using his 7,000 life savings
Happier times: The building was featured on George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, on Channel 4, in December last year
But it has now been torched to the ground, taking with it both expensive tools and sentimental items that had belonged to his grandad when Mr Sands first moved to the Lake District.
The wooden building, built with the help of friends, was uninsured, and the blaze is thought to have caused around 25,000 worth of damage.
Since completing the project, Mr Sands has spent time there with friends, saying the hut was 'built with laughter'.
He said: 'I'm still paying off debts to the woodyards so it will be a while before I can rebuild it and I'm worried it will just happen again. Plus a lot of things just cannot be replaced.
Damage: The wooden building was uninsured and the blaze is thought to have caused around 25,000 worth of damage
Construction: The design and technology teacher built the retreat as he wanted to invest in land or property 'with a difference'
Wreckage: Mr Sands said he 'shed a tear' when he found out about the attack
Television: George Clarke visited the building as part of his series Amazing Spaces on Channel 4
'I'm not an emotional person but I shed a tear and I was shaking when I found out.'
He worked and saved from part-time jobs before landing the design and technology teaching job in September 2011.
Because his role at Sedbergh involved living on site, he wanted to invest in land or property 'with a difference', so that he would have something unique to pass on to his children.
George Clarke's Amazing Spaces, on
Channel 4, sees the presenter explore some extraordinary small builds,
such as the woodland retreat created by Mr Sands. Clarke even tries making a small build of his own during the programme.
Friends: Mr Sands said the hut was 'built with laughter'
Idyllic: Mr Sands worked and saved from part-time jobs before landing the teaching job in September 2011
Cumbria Police and Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service are jointly investigating the fire, which they described as 'suspicious'.
A spokesman for the police said that the fire began some time before 9pm on January 30 and a passing motorist raised the alarm.
Police are now investigating and are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed anything suspicious in the area to come forward and contact PC Jonathan Murray on 101.