We are in the 3rd year of a project restoring 3 acres of Formal Victorian Rhododendron and Woodland garden back to nature. Our wild flower meadow, native Scots pine and 300 yr old Oak tree will be your companions on this journey. The place is very special and overlooks Loch Fyne, hidden beneath the overgrown spaces are pathways built by the Victorian botanist who designed the garden and the original well which supplied fresh water to this small fishing community village. We intend to enhance our biodiversity and study the land, working against invasive non-native species and eventually increasing our sustainability through an organic approach to growing food or maybe getting some honey bees. We are neither professional environmentalists, builders or gardeners and we are not perfectionist. We intend to have fun recreating this great space and working together with whomever comes along to lend a hand, to teach, to learn and most importantly to take this journey together. Be prepared to work physically.
Help with Eco project
Help in the house
Island hoping, host of local wildlife experiences, access to sailing and water activities. Volunteer with outdoor education setting if this experience is useful. Happy to engage with simultaneous language learning and teaching. We are currently recruiting for Spring 2020. Applications from Workawayers for Feb-October 2020 will be open from September 2019.
We look forward to hearing from you.
We are generally looking to host Workaway(s) to stay with us (or our sailing boat a few minutes away if preferred/available) in a lovely fishing village in Argyll, Scotland. We would like some help with the restoration of our 3 acre garden as we farm wood for the season and generally help to restore and maintain it, learning as we go! We will tackle non-native species and invasive plants in our land, chop wood, burn garden waste and generally complete whatever mini-project is under way. Perhaps construct planters, plant up raised beds, build a compost tower or an environmentally friendly shower!!! The list is endless and you will not be without interesting and engaging tasks during your volunteer
Everyone takes a turn to participate to keep us all fed and watered, perhaps picking up groceries or taking out recycling and composting food waste.
Our children are often very involved and will sometimes work with us when they are not in formal school. They will learn from you and all of us are happy to go deeper with language exchange.
The working pattern will be determined and set together, and we assure Workawayers that we operate on mutual respect and trust! No volunteer will be asked or expected to work more than 4/5 hours in any day and will have at least 2 spare days every week to discover this amazing landscape and enjoy the legendary Argyll hospitality! We will share with you our knowledge to best enable you to enjoy your time off.
We are in contact and regularly collaborate with other local projects so there will likely be opportunities to connect to other local and international volunteers.
Minimum stay is 4 weeks as it takes time to accept and settle new workawayers as part of our family.
Sept/October/Nov 2019 is mainly wood harvest work.
Your accommodation will be either in the garden bunkhouse, which has electricity, bunk beds and the opportunity to connect by Wifi (when it works) or if you choose under canvas during summer months. You may be accommodated on a sailing boat in the harbour on a static pontoon where wifi, electricity and modern showers are available. It depends on who is on the team and how we can allocate the living space. You will be offered a simple breakfast and an evening meal and a working lunch of fruit while you are working. We don't work every day and go with the weather and the people making sure we have lots of time to enjoy the surroundings.
Bikes, buses and island ferry hopping are all easily accessible here. Some tourists do 5 Island expeditions seeing the Southern Hebrides and the Island of Arran over a few days. Slightly further (an hour or so) is Oban which is known as the Gateway to the Islands!
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week