Come to our conservation charity garden in Wiltshire, UK



 Min stay requested: at least a week



  • Description


    Stay at our horticulture & conservation charity close to some of the best tourist sites in England. Hosting students from over 15 countries since 2017, it's a friendly, mellow, rural atmosphere: to explore England, learn skills and enrich your outlook.

    Volunteer activities include: horticulture, d.i.y., wildlife, landscaping, conservation, fish pond & wetland, herbs/vegetable/fruit areas. No previous experience required. Stay from as little as 10days. You do not need a visa (4b below)

    1. Male students age 18-28 only.
    (2. Female accommodation depends on local host families).
    3. Flexible schedule enables 4-day weekends off for excursions.
    4. Charities are exempt from restrictions for visitors volunteering up to 30 days. (See: Gov.UK website Standard Visitor Entry).

    ●Maintain a charity conservation garden. ●Make videos. ●Publish books. ●Conservation remote projects 7 UK universities. ●E.U. placements. ●Library: (conservation, art, history, horticulture, heritage)

    SPORTS: On-site Gymnasium (twin weight stack/fixed weight/3 seating position system + free weights). Good countryside for jogging. Use of a bicycle.
    Links with local sports clubs: football/volleyball/basketball.
    Bowood golf resort is a short walk away.

    General store, post-office, village hall, 2 pubs, church, golf resort, woodcarving club, football club, river, Bowood House & Gardens.

    Chippenham (8minutes by bus) has:
    night club; lots of pubs; good range of shops and sports facilities.
    Calne (2 minutes by bus) has: skateboard/bmx park; good restaurants; motor museum, volley ball.

    PLACES TO VISIT NEARBY: Major attractions include: Stonehenge; Roman Bath; Bristol; Malmesbury; Longleat House; Lacock Abbey; Salisbury Cathedral; Avebury Stone Circles; Bowood House & Gardens; Cotswold Water Park; Somerset coast; South Wales castles & mountains.

    Railway station (direct from London) is Chippenham. Bath= 11 minutes by train, Bristol= 23mns. Nearest airport : Bristol.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Charity Work
    Art Projects
    Help with Eco Projects
    Elderly Companionship
    DIY and building projects
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance
    Help with Computers/ Internet
  • UN sustainability goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainability 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

    Gaining a wide range of skills & insights in horticulture, landscaping, garden crafts, art & design.

    Improving self reliance, initiative, confidence.

    Developing an understanding of English heritage, traditions, history, society.

    Explore this part of England and its wide range of historical and cultural attractions.

    Opportunity to interact with the local community and events, incl the church, sports clubs, and wood carving club.

    Join training sessions with local football, volleyball, basketball clubs.

    Is a gardener/designer/ conservationist who created a registered charity. He has made an unusual garden from a field.

    He has written many hundreds of articles on: history, heritage, design, gardening, conservation, wildlife, climate change, and education. He is now writing a series books on horticulture, conservation, and well-being.

  • UK chairty

    Registered charity

    This host is a registered charity in the UK and is looking for help with their charity project. Guidance on charity worker sponsorship by a UK registered charity, can be found here.

  • Help


    1. Gardening- all types.
    2. Wildlife & conservation.
    3. Decorating/DIY
    4. Repairs/outbuilding maintenance
    5. Landscaping
    6. Helping out generally
    Also if interested help with
    7. Digital platforms/social media
    8. Video making & photography.

    We seek to enhance individual life skills & experience and improve international friendship.

    1. No visa required from the E.U. etc if volunteering with us for up to 30 days (as this is a registered charity)

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is in a traditional English rural house (built 1885).

    Simple vegetarian meals 3 times a day (but milk,cheese,eggs are used) Tea/coffee breaks during the day.

    BEDROOM: Small single/private. Wifi. Small table. Big window.

    OTHER: Large fish pond in garden + aquarium in house.
    No smoking household. Low energy usage & ecological living. Organic gardening.

    You can also use the acoustic guitar, and bicycle. Very good collection of contemporary and classical music, films, books, Satellite tv. Unlimited wifi/internet.

    Nice big fully equipped summer/study house & additional library at bottom of garden.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Bus from Chippenham/Calne/Swindon stops outside the house every 20 minutes. At Chippenham you can get a bus to many other places; or use the main-line railway direct to: London, Bristol, Oxford, Wales and all over England.

    Many interesting walks and lovely English countryside with views of the Avon Vales and the Wessex Downs, & River Marden Valley.

    The famous Bowood House & Gardens (and its acclaimed Golf Resort) is a 12mns walk away.

    Locally there is also:
    Fishing. Cycling. Jogging. Basketball. Volley-ball. Tennis. Museums. Golf. Bmx bike & skateboarding park. Cycle Track Chippenham to Calne. Several Football pitches. Football clubs. Swimming. Friendly church. Walking groups. Wood-carving club in the village.

    If you have any particular hobbies/interests we will try to find connections/outlets for you.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Can host digital nomads

    Can host digital nomads

    There is a garden room for the student to use for online studies in complete privacy. It has a desk and chair, table lamp, wifi access, day bed etc.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


  • ...

    Hours expected

    Timetable is flexible. Allow yourself 4 hours Mondays to Friday.

Host ref number: 393882544539

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