This is a small private estate between Perth and Dundee in Scotland. The estate runs to 150 acres of grazing, woodland and gardens, a refurbished cattle barn which plays host to about 50 weddings a year and to the Arts Club, which runs music and arts events in the barn throughout the year.
You will be working alongside Tim who is the Estate Manager. There are about 150 acres here which includes garden, parkland and woodland and volunteers work on a varied number of jobs from helping in the huge walled garden where there are flower borders, rose beds, historic orchards and a vegetable garden to helping in the venue for weddings or shows.
There is often work involving mowing, leaf clearing and wood clearing and logging.
The barn venue launched in June 2014 and the estate is now very busy running weddings on most weekends and other events, from music to theatre to conferences during the week. Work in the grounds is done very much with the events in mind in terms of presenting the grounds in a suitable condition. As well as the venue there is a busy linens company, supplying Scottish linen to interior designers for curtains and soft furnishings.
Volunteers live in a one bedroom cottage in the village of Glencarse. Volunteers are provided with an allowance each week with which to buy food to self-cater. We are looking for couples or a single Workawayer who is happy to live alone.
We are a small team of very hard working people. We have a love for what we do and very work hard to ensure that everything is if the highest standard.
We are located in the village of Glencarse and there is an excellent bus service to both Perth and Dundee making it an excellent base from which to explore Scotland.
We are looking for volunteers who are enthusiastic and keen to muck in. It is worth saying that it is important that you have good English to make the most of staying here - it is a very busy place and it's difficult if you can't understand instructions.
Help in the house
Workawayers would have the benefit of learning about horticulture and also have the chance to learn how a very successful, nationally renowned Wedding Venue operates.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
The main areas where help is needed are:
*️️️️️️️️ The Walled Garden: this is a 2 acre historic walled garden currently laid out in quarters. There is an old orchard with historic apple varieties, a vegetable garden of raised beds, a traditional herbaceous flower border, rose beds and shrubberies. The Walled Garden is undergoing a major overhaul with many great ideas in the pipeline that befit such a wonderful garden. The estate recycles as much house and estate waste as possible in order to make compost for the garden. In the summer wedding ceremonies are held in the Walled Garden and so there is work preparing for those.
*️️️️️️️️ Woodland: There are many, many trees here of all varieties. There is a constant programme of tidying fallen trees and branches. These are either chopped for firewood or for sale as whole trunks. The sheer number of trees on the estate means that there are an enormous amount of fallen leaves that need to be cleared. Leaves are piled in one area from where, over time, we are able to collect leaf mulch. Fallen branches are chipped to use for ground cover and weed suppression. There is a bio-mass boiler which supplies heat and water to much of the estate and some wood from the estate can be used for this. There is a continual programme of tree planting.
*️️️️️️️️ Obviously, in Scotland, work is very much dictated by the weather and so there will also be work inside in the event of rain. This is likely to involve tasks such as painting, chopping kindling wood, maintenance of buildings etc.
*️️️️️️️️ There may also be tasks associated with the weddings and arts centre, from maintaining the venue itself, preparing things for upcoming events, cleaning and tidying cottages and preparing them for new guests.
*️️️️️️️️ Fencing and landscaping: there is also likely to be work involving fencing, digging, landscaping, clearing etc.
This list of tasks is not exhaustive and there may well be other things that you will be asked to do. We hope to make it varied, interesting and informative.
Accommodation is in a one bedroom cottage in the village of Glencarse, just a short walk from the estate.
We are situated near between Perth and Dundee and there is a bus stop in the village just at the end of the drive.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
max 25 hours with 2 days off