Helpful and Energetic people looking to learn about eco building in Rural Dorset, UK

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 Min stay requested: 1 week or less

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  • Description

    Description

    Myself and Emma have just purchased an old stone barn and are currently converting it into a modern eco home. We are currently living in an old farmhouse next to the barns. It is situated in a beautiful village in a rural part area of the edge of Somerset and Dorset with lots of great english countryside around.

    We are installing a ground source heat pump, solar panels, and will be using as many reclaimed materials as possible. We are also looking into alternative building materials such as hempcrete to replace conventional materials.

    It is a non stop but ongoing project and we are looking for some extra help during the summer! We just moved to the area so it would be nice to have some company at the house and hear about the adventures of some work aways. While we were in New Zealand we Wwoofed in two different locations and loved it!

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    Cooking / shopping
    Help with Eco project
    Help in the house
    Animal care

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We both love our food and cooking and have recently sterted making our own wine and beer. Emma is also into brewing her own kombucha so if any of that is something that you find interesting or would like to learn about then this is a great place.

    I am a musician and producer so any musicans or anyone who is interested in music will love it here, there are plenty of instruments and space to jam!

  • Help

    Help

    We are looking for creative and hands on people to come and help with the build or around the house and garden while we are out working and building.

    The main tasks on the build that we currently need help with are clearing the garden and building veggie beds ready to grow some delicious food, decorating the farmhouse and sorting through some reclaimed materials. We plan to grow lots of our own veggies so that we are more self sufficient and the soil here is like rocket fuel so anyone with green fingers is welcome to apply! Help with doing some bulk cooking, making jams, chutneys, meals for the freezer and brewing beers would also be required and greatly appreciated!

    We are starting to build a shepherds hut to put in the field at the barn so anyone applying with woodwork skills or design ideas would be favoured especially if you would like to stay for the duration of the build. However, we are welcoming work aways for long and short stays depending on what we have going on at the time so please let us know your dates when you apply and what experience you have.

    Weekends we definitely need help are:

    15th - 20th September
    7th - 13th October

    We can make more dates work especially midweek however are quite busy at the weekends for the next month or so. Workaway-ers would be welcome to go away on a little trip themselves or stay at the farmhouse.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    You will have your own room and bed in the farmhouse and will share the kitchen, bathroom and living space with myself and Emma. You are also welcome to bring your own live in vehicle, there is plenty of space to park up and plug in.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are situated around 5 minutes from Sherborne which is a very quaint old English town with lots of historical sights such as an 8th century abby and a castle. The Dorset coast is around a 45 mins to and hour drive away and is also accessible by train - Durdle Door is a great place for a swim! Glastonbury town is about 45 mins away and well worth a visit as well as the historic stone henge which is 50 mins in the other direction! There is a bridal way just at the bottom of the garden with access to lots of great walks and we have bikes you can borrow should you wish to cycle to the local pub - which does amazing food!!

    Workers with their own transport would be preferable but if you are with us for a short time we can pick you up from the station and there is a local bus.

  • 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?

    Two

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    Hours expected

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

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