We are working to create an eco wood with bee friendly plants, food plants and wild life protection in scotland, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    What about spending a week or two helping out here in September or October. The Spring volunteers have done splendid work but there is always more to do.


    hello Volunteers. My name is Sophie. I live in a typical Scottish Manse house in South West Scotland. There is about 10 acres of land. This is mostly a newly planted wood, about 15 years old now. It has become home to many birds, insects and other wildlife. We are working on improving the area to support all these creatures.

    Workaway volunteers having been helping here for 3 years now and we have accomplished a lot. We have even dug a pond. Although there is sometimes heavy work to do it is mostly the sort of tasks that you would help your Grandparents with.

    It would be helpful to have workaways that have done some gardening and who can use small power tools.
    There are four areas of activity.

    1. Garden, fruit, vegetables and some flowers.
    Weeding, watering, composting etc.

    2. Woodland area.
    Management of trees, paths, wildlife habitat

    3. Estate management. Work on the walls, boundaries, paths, drainage etc

    4. The buildings. maintenance of sheds, out door office, drains etc

    Volunteers have come from all over, Japan, France, Austria, Brazil, Catalonia and more. They have had a happy time here as it is not a commercial concern, it's relaxed and easy going though the work does have to get done! I live here on my own. My family and friends visit and I have several small grandchildren. Scotland's two big cities are each one hour away by train. There are interesting wildlife places, hills to walk in, with a bothy here and there.

    We have a good life here, it is quiet but beautiful and everyone is friendly.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gartenarbeit
    Handwerkliche Arbeiten
    Hilfe bei Ökoprojekten
    Hausarbeiten

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    This is a family home where people come and go and there is always something interesting going on. There are all ages here and we are all into organics, local produce, growing and protecting wild life. We often go into Edinburgh and Glasgow and travellers will learn about rural life in Scotland and city life.

  • Help

    Help

    We are working to create an eco wood with bee friendly plants, food plants and wild life protection in a seven acre field. After 3 years of workaway help much progress has been made.


    There will be a lot of physical outdoor task, some research to do, discussions to contribute to and various planting and general husbandry.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and some French

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    At the moment there is a spare room in the family home but a cabin in the wood may shortly be available.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    This is a very rural area and there are only four buses a day into the nearest small town. However there is a railway station with fast links to several cities. Our visitors have so far found that they get plenty of cultural input and improve their English.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Henk and Liset clearing out the pond.
Marian and Alba making a wild flower bed in the wood.
Jorge working on the log pile.
It would be fabulous to have a workaway who knows edible fungi.
The trees are much taller now.
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