Help to establish a vegetable garden, woodland garden and renovating a 1950s homestead in Cornwall, UK


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    I am Jackie, living in a beautiful area of SW Cornwall, gradually reclaiming areas within a 3 acre wild woodland. Creating a place of creative wellbeing and renewal in nature - as a non-commercial organic farmstead aiming to grow our own food using forest garden, and other approaches. And as a place for people to welcome guests for holidays, workshops and eco-retreats in the yurts and chalet. I host voice-work and yoga/ movement sessions (currently online) and plan to offer more Reiki, foraging, creative arts & coaching -type activities from here as well. You would be helping with the land and private house, not involved with any guests.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

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

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Learn about creating a balance of wild and managed land, growing and foraging, home-made produce, and option to join in with my personal voice-work and yoga practices. Be part of a welcoming friendly quiet household. Enjoy eating and making good food together, and the occasional evening out by the fire making music or watching the stars.
    I'm happy to take you with me in the car when I'm going out to town or for a dog walk at the beach.


  • Help


    I'm looking for help with:
    - blackberry picking, jam-making, wine-making
    - getting in firewood, sawing & chopping logs
    - making a new wood-store
    - clearing paths through woodland
    - mowing grass
    - getting the kitchen and vegetable gardens established
    - some housework and cleaning
    - dog walking
    - carpentry/building projects - insulating a wooden studio, and lining a garden pond
    - ideas for solar for the studio
    - ideas for an eco hot tub
    - ideas for making an outdoor oven
    - general renovation projects

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    Non-smoking only.
    Accommodation is likely to be in a spare bedroom in the house, or a tent, camper van or possibly a room in the mobile home or yurt. Welcome to bring your own live-in space by arrangement. I am gluten free and the household can cater for vegetarian & vegan diets. Schedules vary and are pretty flexible, likely to include taking turns at cooking for the household and eating some meals together.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The local bus stops a 3 minute walk away, connecting in to the nearest towns, villages, and train station 20 minutes drive away, so getting about by public transport to arrive and on days off is easy during the day. (Local buses dont run late evening or on Sundays). There are about 50 beaches, from tiny tidal to enormous permanent sand bar, along the closest stretch of coast from Falmouth and the Helford down the Lizard peninsula - loads to explore, and lots of places to take watersports hire /classes. Falmouth is a 20 minute bus ride away and bubbling with lots of indi shops and cafes, festivals and galleries. The amazing gardens of Trebah and Glendurgan are very close and Trelissick just a bit further by car or bike.
    By foot, a short walk along footpaths over 3 fields, our closest treasure is the Potager gardens and cafe - fabulous high quality food served in a restored giant greenhouse, open Thursday to Sunday for advance bookings. Another mile and you will arrive in the village of Constantine with two local shops, one of which is famous for its enormous collection of whiskeys and spirits. The village has a church, school, doctor's surgery and community centre, pop-up food, and the popular creek-side pub at Trengilly Wartha.

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    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

    Wifi available in and close to the house.

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Please ask first if you need to bring a pet - needs to be well behaved and get on with other people, my dog and cat. The property is open to the road.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?


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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 648652252161