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PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE LATEST SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT VOLUNTEERS. WE WILL UPDATE OUR PROFILE AS THE SITUATION CHANGES. HOWEVER, WE ARE HAPPY TO RESPOND TO ENQUIRIES FROM PROSPECTIVE VOLUNTEERS INTERESTED IN A PLACEMENT FROM APRIL 2021 ONWARDS.
We are Jim and Saddhavati. We live in a beautiful wooded glen (valley) near a village called Spinningdale about 50 miles (80 km.) north of Inverness in the northern Scottish Highlands, where we have a six acre (2.4 hectare) former croft (a "croft" is a traditional small Highland farmstead), surrounded by 1700 acres (700 hectares) of stunning natural woodland belonging to a conservation body called The Woodland Trust. We help look after the woods as Voluntary Wardens.
Jim is an environmental scientist with a particular interest in ecological design and sustainable building using natural materials. Saddhavati is an artist and teacher.
We are nearing completion of our "natural" home - a "passive solar" design based around a post and beam timber frame, with "breathing" external walls clad with untreated larch and a living green roof, insulated throughout with hemp fibre and sheep's wool.
The internal walls are built from unfired clay bricks rendered with clay and lime plaster. The ground floor is a limecrete slab overlaid with stone and terracotta floor tiles. Upstairs the flooring is made from recycled wood. The energy systems include a wood-fired, Finnish-style masonry heater, underfloor heating, solar panels and a thermal store.
DIY and building projects
Help with Eco Projects
We live in a beautiful rural area with lovely woodland walks. Volunteers will have an opportunity to learn and/or practise natural building or gardening skills. We also try to share our knowledge of the culture, history and traditions of the Scottish Highlands.
We will be looking for help from April 2021 onwards to build a path up to the house, do some outside painting, clear overgrown areas, cut grass, chop firewood and generally help around the house.
Our volunteer accommodation is in a building separate from the main house, with its own toilet/shower room and a small kitchen. There is Wi-Fi access.
We are a vegetarian, non-smoking household. Please do not apply for a placement if you smoke.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
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This host can provide space for campervans.
More than two
25h / 2 days off max
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