A natural building project in the Scottish Highlands, United Kingdom

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  2020 

 Min stay requested: at least 2 weeks

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi Workawayers,

    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.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco Projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    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.

  • Help

    Help

    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.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    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.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are a vegetarian, non-smoking household. Please do not apply for a placement if you smoke.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

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  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    25h / 2 days off max

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