A small hill farm in a beautiful valley in Wales


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    Hallo and Welcome! S'mae a chroeso!

    *️️️*️️️Looking for experienced help for October and November*️️️*️️️
    Priority given to volunteers who have been here before
    References needed for others

    This is a small hill farm in a beautiful valley in South Wales, not far from the Glamorgan coast. Current residents on the farm include sheep, cattle (Herefords and Aberdeen Angus), a few chickens, two Welsh Cobs, two cats and one or two humans...

    There is also loads of wildlife including buzzards, foxes, lizards - and of course slugs...
    At this time of year, we regularly see a cuckoo in the trees near the house.

    My background is farming and conservation and in the past I have also set up an accessible community garden. I have over 25years experience of no-dig organic growing and also of applying permaculture principles to different situations, not just food-growing but also to social justice and to education.
    Here on this farm I am keen to make use of traditional knowledge from across Wales and combine it with current ideas about sustainable agriculture. For example I am gradually reinstating some areas of ffridd, the traditional Welsh agroforestry system, but adapting the method to include fruit trees.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Things you can learn here include:

    - repairing dry stone walls
    - grafting fruit trees
    - livestock care
    - making bread
    - gardening
    - Welsh language and stories

    Welcome to Welsh learners - Croeso i dysgwyr Cymraeg: Come and practice your Welsh while volunteering! Dewch i ymarfer yr iaith trwy gwirfoddoli yn Gymraeg!

  • Help


    Things we need help with:

    - fencing, especially around fruit trees and shelter belts
    - dead hedging, which is protecting old hedges with branches so the hedge can regrow
    - planting trees and hedges
    - livestock care
    - insulating the house, mostly with natural materials including lime plaster
    - repairing outbuildings, including the roof (skilled volunteers especially welcome for this!)
    - building a pig sty and goat shed
    - creating/restoring wildlife habitats
    - moving muck! - from sheds to muck heaps, and from muck heaps to garden beds and special habitat sites
    - chopping logs

    Things you need to know:

    Volunteers help for approx 4 hours per day, and have 2 days off each week.
    Everyone takes turns to cook and wash up as part of living here.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, Welsh

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in a cosy bunkhouse.

    Disabled access:

    The bunkhouse, the compost loos and the farmhouse kitchen are all on one level, but each has one step up at the doorways.
    There's a rough track through the farm; the fields are quite steep.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    What's in walking distance:

    - village with shops, library, bus service, cycle track

    What's nearby for days off:

    - footpaths and cycle trails
    (there are a couple of bikes volunteers can borrow)
    - Glamorgan coast
    - Gower peninsula
    - Cardiff and Swansea

    Getting here:

    How to travel to the UK without flying:
    Buses: Look up Eurolines for buses from across Europe to London

    Local public transport in Wales:

    Long distance buses:
    National Express comes to Sarn, near Bridgend.
    Megabus comes to Cardiff and Swansea.

    See Sustrans website for maps. Route 4 crosses South Wales with branches up every valley, including this one.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

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    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

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