Help us around the gardens and farm County Louth, Ireland



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    Hello! We are looking for some help around the gardens and house, since we are getting on in years and are now retired. The gardens are open to the public, with many rare plants, so it is a great opportunity to learn about horticulture. It is a small farm with many animals and poultry also, with easy access to a major town.
    We provide a room in the house, and there are four houses on the property altogether, so there are plenty of people about. Always something going on! One of our daughters lives on the farm in a separate house with her family.Her and her husband are currently expanding to open tea rooms soon and a craft centre. and they work together with me in the garden. The extra pair of hands around the place are to help my husband and myself with every day tasks but there may be an oportunity to help out with tea rooms etc if that interests you. The ideal person for us would be a horticultural student who is jolly and happy to muck in. We also enjoy taking people to our local places of interest

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Elderly Companionship
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    General Maintenance
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • 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
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  • Help


    The tasks would be a mix of garden work, feeding and looking after animals and poultry (rabbits, ducks, geese, chickens), and some light housework, with the occasional garden project or restoration project for variety. Collecting eggs and tending to the vegetables as well as preparing them for meals Summer time ). Volunteers who enjoy gardening and love animals will get on very well here. Very handy if you can drive also. there are a great mixture of animals here at the moment including a tame hand reared barn owl and a pigeon who knocks on the window to be fed. I also have chincillas which breed frequently and a hamster. I love all the animals but sometimes it is just too much work for me. The fields are rented out and often have cattle grazing them and we have a few horses on the farm, Brood mares at the moment belonging to my son in Law

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Italian: Fluent
    French: Intermediate

  • Accommodation


    Own room in the house, meals with myself and my husband.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Volunteers will of course have the weekends off and only help 4 to 5 hours a day. Listoke is only 8 km away from beautiful beaches and a local fishing harbour where you can buy very fresh delicious fish. It is located in the Boyne valley with lots of medieval sites and beautiful places to visit. I, Patricia had a stroke a few years ago. It has left me much weaker than before and therefore unable to do the manual work in the garden that I used to do. Now I oversee friends and helpers and pass on as much of my knowledge of plants as I can.

  • 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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

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

Host ref number: 549247965681