Food forest research and design project with local specialist and food forager in Portaferry, Northern Ireland, UK


United Kingdom

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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

  • Description


    Green-field food forest in County Down, Northern Ireland overlooking Strangford Lough a protected area of outstanding natural beauty. 3 ha of farm land surrounding a stone cottage under restoration being converted to food forest. Working with local specialist and globally renowned wild food forager on design.

    Update 20 Nov: we have just purchased 2000 trees which will arrive in February. Untill then the focus will be sorting out the existing farmhouse (internal painting, decorating and taking care) and working on the stone cottage (outdoor work mainly with stone and lime mortar though some carpentry too). I can accommodate 1 or 2 or even a small family from around Dec 12th.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    You will imerse yourself in a large food forest project from its inception and learn and practice the skills required to restore a traditional irish stone cottage dating from the early 1800s. The area is pristine with breathtaking views of Strangford Lough and astounding sunsets.

  • Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers a wage in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

  • Help


    Food forest research and design
    Sourcing trees and plans
    Early planting
    Pointing with lime mortar stone wall cottage
    Repairing traditional stone cottage
    Garden landscaping and restoration
    Painting, decorating and cleaning
    Ideas, sweat and inspiration!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English. A little Spanish, French and Russian

  • Accommodation


    The existing farmhouse is very spacious and comfortable. With its astonishing view it is quite luxurious.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Within the surrounding area are many of the Game of Thrones site and many National Trust trails (land and sea). Portaferry town is quaint with welcoming pubs and great Guinness. Good food and hospitality can be found in the village if you want to go out. Belfast is a 1hour bus ride away. I take regular trips to Dublin also too so you can visit there potentially also.

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 151585849823