Help us manage a nature reserve and with general maintenance at our small farm near Llandeilo, Wales, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    Hi, we are Sheila and Cliff. 2 years ago we took on an enormous project which is 3 houses surrounded by 22 acres of wild woolly wilderness. We are specifically looking for a mature couple or family to spend 6 months living in the house next door to ours. The house was built in the 1760's. It is a large house (4 bedrooms) with full central heating, recent external wall insulation and new double glazing. Generally we have used it for hosting volunteers, but it needs smartening up. The main bulk of the volunteers work would be smartening the house up.

    Our passion for many years has been wild life conservation and we are managing the 22 acres as a "human animal" free wild life reserve. We are mainly rewilding it. In the absence of dogs, cats, chickens, sheep, horses and cows many wild animals have found a peaceful home here. We have many resident owls, bats, frogs, and toads. We have also seen foxes, badgers, polecats, hedgehogs, weasels and deer.

    The whole reserve is organic and we use no bleaches, pesticides or weedkillers.

    We are also passionate about growing as much of our own food as possible and we have two large poly tunnels and several newly established out side veg beds.

    In order to pay the bills we do holiday rental in one of the houses and we have also set up two glamping units. One of the glamping units is a double decker bus and one is a boat sunk in the field.

    We are really keen for any of our visitors/volunteers to value their wild life experience. We are also keen to introduce them to eco cleaning products and for them to understand the impact of using petrochemicals. We are on a private water supply and sewage system and we encourage visitors to be conscious of the water that they are using. For instance we mainly use compost toilets as a ways of reducing the water we use and the pollution that we create.

    Sheila has a diploma in permaculture gardening and we also have other experimental growing beds. We are very happy to share our knowledge and explain how and why we garden the way we do.

    We are vegan for ethical and environmental reasons and we eat a mainly whole food plant based diet. We cook our own bread and buy 25k sacks of peanuts to make peanut butter!!

    We were foster carers for 15 years before we adopted a 6 year old boy with autism. Our 6 year old boy (connor) is now 13 and bigger than both of us. He is mainly non verbal but very smiley and happy.

    In the afternoons and at weekends there will be lots of time to relax and explore the area.

    We have four young grandchildren and, as well as looking after Connor, we spend a lot of time with them.
    When we are not too tired we like to socialise and play board games and card games; you're welcome to join us.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We have hosted many volunteers from workaway (see reviews). Many of the people that visited us were wanting help to improve their English. This is definitely something we can offer you as we are sociable people and we enjoy getting to know our volunteers and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the language.

    As mentioned we have a lot of experience with fostering, gardening, ecology, If you are interested in any of these topics don't hesitate to ask!

    A traditional village pub is a short walk from the property.

    The local castles and parks of Carmarthenshire are lovely and we live a 50 minute drive from some truly beautiful beaches. The country town of Llandeilo is 4.5 KM and you can cycle there. Llandeilo is a picturesque little town with many pubs and an award winning ice cream parlor. At the edge of town there is also an old manor house which is owned by the National Trust and is open to the public. The manor house is surrounded by a deer park which has many massive trees of national importance. There is also an historic Castle a short walk from the manor which is a great place to visit for panoramic views of the Towy valley.

  • Help

    Help

    There are a lot opportunities for volunteers to help in the garden and in the nature reserve. There will also be cleaning, painting and general maintenance. This autumn we are planning to install a rocket mass heater in our living room and would appreciate some help with that.

    We are specifically looking for a mature couple or family to spend 6 months living in the house next door to ours. The house was built in the 1760's. It is a large house (4 bedrooms) with full central heating, recent external wall insulation and new double glazing. Generally we have used it for hosting volunteers, but it needs smartening up. The main bulk of the volunteers work would be smartening the house up.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    as above

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    There is good walking in the area, there is an Iron age hill fort, and a big lake that you can go swimming in a short walk away. We also have bicycles and helmets you can borrow to help explore the area.

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

    4 hours a day 5 days a week.

The property includes a massive agricultural barn that animals were kept in. This barn has now been cleaned and tidied up a bit, the bottom half of the barn is now a play space with a trampoline, a basket ball hoop and a ride on tractor for the younger kids.
The original farmhouse (on the right) is now covered in external wall insulation.
the last owner made four footbridges and a network of paths on the land these paths have now been overgrown with brambles. At some point we would like to recover them.
volunteers carefully practicing their wood chopping skills with an ax.
Cliff ready to unblock a flooded pipe.
This frog is one of the many animals living on the land.

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