Permaculture and organic garden in Wales, UK

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  • Description

    Description

    We are Chris and Michele and we have a one acre permaculture garden which we treat as a small holding with chickens, ducks and lots of food being grown. Most of the tasks will be garden related but we also love to cook and make preserves, low sugar jams and wine from our produce. There are lots of different things to do in the garden - sowing, planting, willow hurdle fences, weeding, sheet mulching, watering, composting and path maintenance depending on the time of the year and of course looking after our chickens and ducks! The ducks have complete freedom to roam over most of the garden and as such we cannot have volunteers who have dogs accompanying them.

    Although there are green fields everywhere, where you can go for country walks, we also live close to main transport systems and Cardiff city itself is only 15 minutes on the train from our local train station. We are not in a remote location which on the one hand means that you have lots of things convenient to you - shops, museums, swimming pools etc but also means that you are within earshot of roads and a train line. So if you are seeking a completely remote and rural experience then you would be advised to apply elsewhere.

    Saying this, we are well situated for you to explore the beauty spots of south Wales and take day trips to places like the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Travelling in the other direction you can take a trip to Barry Island Beach, go a bit further and you get to Llantwit Major and picturesque St Donats, a bit further still and you get to the stunning Gower. Weekends are free time so there is plenty of opportunity if you plan ahead!

    If you like the idea of combining gardening in one of the most advanced urban permaculture sites in Wales with the convenience of shops and a nearby city as well as opportunities to visit beautiful places then please get in touch!

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Help with Eco Projects
    Gardening
    DIY and building projects
    Animal Care
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help around the house
    General Maintenance

  • 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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Michele runs her own business, works as a garden teacher, a gardener and a garden designer a, designing mostly edible, wildlife and permaculture gardens. She uses the garden to explain permaculture and as a teaching tool for techniques and ideas. She also helps run a social enterprise, greening city areas via people's front gardens. Chris works as a documentary film maker and radio producer making mostly social issue films for television and programmes for radio.

    We have a large garden which we need help with to keep it being productive, a wildlife haven and beautiful. Most of the work is garden orientated so you need to enjoy this type of work to be happy here. We like to get to know our volunteers and most meals are shared around a table. This is where most of the conversation and jolliness happens – that and in the kitchen making the meals! We also like our own space and solitude and like volunteers who are self-reliant and independent and able to take advantage of the many opportunities the city of Cardiff and the surrounding countryside offers to them in their spare time. We do also on occasion take volunteers out on excursions.

    What you will learn

    General knowledge:
    • Permaculture! (most people don’t understand permaculture and think it is synonymous with organic gardening –
    this place will set you to rights on that one)
    • Organic gardening
    • Chicken and duck husbandry
    • Cooking (if you don’t know already ;)

    Specific skills you will learn depending on the time of the year.
    How to:
    • Sow seeds
    • Transplant plants
    • Sheet mulch
    • Weed
    • Recognise weeds by sight, smell and texture
    • Identify useful and / or edible weeds
    • Make compost
    • Make hurdle fences
    • Mulch and fertilise the soil
    • Keep plants healthy

    We hope you like the sound of this and look forward to hearing from you!

  • Help

    Help

    Most of the help required is in the garden and we especially are interested in people who have building skills as there are always things that we want constructed in the garden. But! we are also very happy to take garden novices as there is plenty of other stuff to do. Because it is a garden and not a farm then the tasks can vary from day to day. We work to prevent boredom wherever possible!

    Although we sometimes have volunteers stay for only two weeks we actually prefer longer stays and tend to prefer volunteers offering at least a month and if possible longer than this.

  • Languages spoken

    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    At any given time we have 1 - 4 people staying - depending on whether people are travelling as friends and / or couples. We have two caravans in the garden that are dry and warm with heating and connection to the internet via ethernet cabling or wifi.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Although there are green fields everywhere where you can go for country walks, we also live close to main transport systems and Cardiff city itself is only 15 minutes on the train from our local train station. We are not in a remote location which on the one hand means that you have lots of things convenient to you - shops, museums, swimming pools etc but also means that you are within earshot of roads and a train line.

    We are well situated for you to explore the beauty spots of south Wales and take day trips to places like the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Travelling in the other direction you can take a trip to Barry Island Beach, go a bit further and you get to Llantwit Major and St Donats, a bit further still and you get to the stunning Gower. Weekends are free time so there is plenty of opportunity if you plan ahead!

  • 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

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    We can squeeze in a small campervan.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    max of 5.5 hours per day 5 days per week

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