Learn a variety of rural skills whilst helping us with our Permaculture and woodland here in east Cornwall, UK


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  • Description


    We are a family run Permaculture and woodland project on a 27 acre holding- consisting of a small flock of sheep, a few ducks and lots and lots of trees including a small orchard.
    We have built our own cruck framed straw bale house and a natural swimming pond. We also run a natural burial site.

    Approx. 13 acres is existing woodland and most of the remainder is new planting of coppice, much with public access.

    Emphasis is placed on living simply, with a direct connection to most elements of daily life. We are off-grid, with dry composting toilet, rainwater harvesting, solar/wind power systems, limited wi-fi internet available. No TV.

    Some of our other interests are green woodworking, bread making, home brewing, bushcraft, charcoal burning, music and basketry.

    This is a creative family based community- come and join us and 'muck in' with the day to day stuff!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care

  • 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

    Due to the emphasis on direct and simple living volunteers will be able to immerse themselves in our way of life and learn skills from scything and hay-making to preserving food and cooking.

  • Help


    Practical help required in the woods (coppicing- using hand tools to process timber products), garden (i.e polytunnel/food production- weeding, planting, harvesting, preserving, brewing, drying), with the animals (feeding etc. our ducks, sheep and pigs), and to help in completion of various building projects (garden structures, bread oven, climbing wall, extra volunteer accommodation).
    Also help appreciated with other day-to-day tasks such as chopping firewood (a good way to warm up!), cooking (always appreciated!), washing up etc.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Either caravan or cabin, both are clean and comfortable with wood-burners and solar powered lights. Food is with the family for main meals during the week, breakfasts and weekend food provided for volunteers to prepare in their own spaces.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Cornwall is a beautiful part of the country and there are many places to explore on the moor including ancient stone circles (the hurlers just half an hour walk over the hill) and quoits. The coast is about 15miles away.
    Transport is fairly good with buses to Liskeard (4miles away), and from there main line trains and coaches.
    Or of course you can chill here and make use of our natural swimming pond...

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • 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

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 272714814668