A small hill farm in a beautiful valley in Wales


United Kingdom

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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

  • 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

    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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    Hours expected

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

Ogmore Beach

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