We live on a small-holding of 38 acres in Scotland just on the edge of a small town in Perthshire. I rented out my stables and part of the land to a charity but that didn't work out and I'm now faced with a lot of damaged fencing and filthy fields which will take time to sort out as money is available. I'm retired but kept busy on the farm as there's always plenty to do. My daughter and her boyfriend have now taken over the stable buildings and a lot of the land and plan to have some glamping pods and camping. I have a little rescue dog and my daughter has three dogs, some chickens, sheep and lambs. Two of my little ponies will be returning to the farm but as I broke my arm recently that's been delayed for a few weeks. We're looking for help to tidy up the garden, do general maintenance, painting and decorating and occasionally help with our animals e.g. feed chickens and clean out hen house, feed and water lambs, clean field when ponies are back and I'm sure they would love to have a good groom occasionally. I'm on the farm most of the time as is my daughter so we work here while her boyfriend works full-time as a tree surgeon, helping out on the farm at weekends.
Someone with construction skills would also be helpful to get involved with some of my daughters projects.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
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We live in a beautiful part of Scotland and it suits people who love the outdoors. It's peaceful and relaxing at the farm but within easy reach of the cities with good transport links. Some workaways come to improve their English and some come to get away from their hectic city life for a while. However, those with experience of outdoor or maintenance work would be preferred.
The main areas of help are general maintenance, painting and gardening. At this time of year the verges need cut back so strimming and chopping bushes also needs doing. There is always weeding needing done. Painting Buildings, clearing out animal housing, pressure washing the yard, stables & buildings, fencing (farm fields).
Please read the 'Information for Workawayers' on this website, especially note the bit that says 'Housework i.e. cooking, washing- up, etc should be shared'. Most volunteers don't need to be reminded of this and are happy to 'muck in' but some do so it's best to state this at the start. You'll also be responsible for keeping your room clean and clearing up after yourself in the rest of the house.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
25hrs per week
Times are flexible
Usually, a room in the farmhouse is made available but the two-bedroom cottage next to the farmhouse will be available for a few months, there is also a touring caravan available to stay in next to the main house.
This area of Scotland is well known for outdoor pursuits and has some fabulous countryside. It's particularly popular for hillwalking, cycling, fishing, and golfing. There are also a few castles within easy reach and the towns of Perth and Dundee are only 18 miles away. There will be ample opportunity to explore but I'll be unavailable for lifts for a while as I've been told I won't be able to drive for 6 to 8 weeks due to my broken arm but if you ask nicely my daughter might be able to give lifts. There's a good public transport service which passes the top of the lane and it's just a 15/20 minute walk into town.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
There's space available a few hundred yards from the farm steading.
5 hours per day 5 days a week maximum
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