This is a land based eco-centre run by local people on the tip of the Llyn Peninsula in North West Wales. We are a registered Charity. We are particularly looking for experienced, motivated and enthusiastic people to help build the centre.
For the past ten years we have been welcoming volunteers from all over the world with up to twelve people resident at any one time, staying for between 2 weeks and 3 months. Staff and a small team of local volunteers who manage the centre and the community garden.
All the centre's building and organic gardening projects have been carried out entirely by volunteers and so this little corner of Wales bears the fingerprints of people from all corners of the earth.
Help with Eco project
Here’s a more detailed brief about the project we aim to carry out over these coming weeks :
We are looking to recruit a small team of volunteers to help create a new courtyard garden within the recently constructed building.
We have a very limited timeframe for this NRW ( Natural Resources Wales ) supported project and need to complete the majority of the practical work by June 2018 to comply with funding requirements. This doesn’t necessarily mean a hurried job – just that we’ll be working at a good steady pace and that we need to be efficient with time and resources. We aim to complete most of the project before the 6th June but there will be lots to do after that date too. With this in mind we are looking to recruit the right people with the right skills and aptitude for the volunteering .
The practical project will consist of creating a circular stone paved courtyard with central circle planting area, oak benches – with small amount of basic ( but beautifully carved ) lettering on the surfaces.
• Laying a paved pathway and balcony area to the Observatory building
• Laying stone slate circle surround to a pool within the observatory building – see attached photo of present Observatory interior. With zodiacal/ month themed carving on each of the 12 segments in the ring
The work is fairly heavy duty and will require a good level of fitness and a good strong back
Specifically the work entails:
• Laying rainwater drains for a rainwater recycling system for the turf roof
• Carrying in, laying and compacting ( with a mechanical compacter ) some 30 tones of gravel/hardcore stone.
• Carrying in and leveling and compacting some 6 tonnes of sharp sand on which to lay the sandstone paving slabs
• Cutting ( with angle grinder/diamond power-sawcutter ) around 160 square meters of sandstone pavement slabs to shape to fit the concentric rings of the courtyard and pathway/balcony. Cuting stone paving to shape is dusty, noisy work and we’ll be using ear defenders, dust masks and eye protection for this.
• Laying 160m squatted of sandstone paving slabs to a concentric ring design within the courtyard
• Carrying in topsoil to make the central circular garden area
• Planting the garden circle mainly with perennials
• Basic vegetarian food provided. We do a once a week general provisions shop to Pwllheli town 12 miles away and a milk and bread run to the nearby coastal village of Aberdaron 4 miles away when required. There is some organic veg from the garden but we have not planned much veg planting this year as the focus has shifted to completing construction projects with a smaller team of volunteers/trainees than has been the case in past seasons. Volunteers arrange their own cooking and cleaning rote and share in all the general housework and tea-making etc.
• Basic shared accommodation in either the old stone farmhouse or the thatched volunteer roundhouse
• We provide pillows and blankets – volunteers to provide their own sleeping bags /bedding
• Shared kitchen and bathroom with lounge/ library and fireplace. We have a piano room !
• We start at 9.00am and work through to 4.30, keep and clean tools and finish at 5.00pm
• We have a tea break at 11.30am and share lunch at 1.00pm – volunteers take turns to prepare these . Volunteers organize their own cooking for breakfast and supper with the food provided.
• We fundraise through a programe of evening events in the big roundhouse and through renting three places out to guests through an online rental platform. We ask that volunteers be willing to help steward the events ( car parking directing and helping people with seats and with providing tea & cake during the interval ) and to help with keeping the rentals and farmhouse accommodation on site clean and tidy at all times.
There will be another 4/5 people ( former volunteers ) resident at the centre during this time – carrying out their own craft and boatbuilding projects on site.
To summarise : we are looking for energetic, fit , determined, hard working people to help us with this specific project. Volunteers who will commit to between a minimum of one week and up to six weeks residential volunteering ( our volunteer support funding does not extend beyond the completion of this specific project )
I hope the above gives a clear picture of what we aim to do and who we aim to recruit to help us do it . If it sounds rather job-description / prescriptive for volunteer work that’s because we have learned to be very specific with prospective volunteers so that everyone has a good idea what to expect of each other and the work and exchange before we start.
I look forward to hearing form you in due course if you think you may be able to help us with this project .
With very best wishes and gratitude for your interest,
The accommodation is in shared rooms in the old stone farmhouse or bunkhouse-style accommodation in our Celtic-style thatched roundhouse.
Volunteers need to bring their own warm sleeping bags but blankets and pillows are provided.
The centre is in a remote rural setting four miles away from the nearest seaside village of Aberdaron which has a small shop, bakery, fish and chip shop and two pubs.
We have some bikes on which volunteers can explore the beautiful landscape and coastline of the Llyn peninsula.
There are many splendid hidden beaches within minutes of here, and the ancientceltic hillforts nearby
Pwllheli, the nearest big town and train station, is 16 miles away. There is a regular weekday bus service from Pwllheli to the village of Rhoshirwaun which is ten minutes walk.
To find out the best way to travel here via public transport visit the Traveline Wales website ().
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
More than two
Maximum four hours a day, five days a week