Forest fires in Central Portugal has damaged our newly established permaculture lavender farm in the Coimbra area of Portugal



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    We were developing a Permaculture and Lavender project, but we have been damaged by the fires that have destroyed much of central Portugal's forests, our Lavender has been affected, and we are trying to rebuild. The work at present is very physical, felling trees, and fencing, land clearing before we can replant new trees to replace the many trees that have been destroyed by the fires.

    The farm is located on the edge of a small village where you can see many trees and the Serra de Estrela Mountain range to the east, and the Caramulos to the South West. We are walking distance to a waterfall, a secluded beach, and the Rio Mondego. A ten minute drive takes you to the local lake where there are restaurants, and you can swim.

    We have built a lodge from a refrigerated, insulated lorry body, then using pallets and wood from the local woodyard, increased the width, to build a 2 bedroomed accommodation, with kitchen and bathroom, for disabled use.

    We are also building a property, and have a further stone building to renovate.The help would include clearing burnt trees, selecting new growth from the remaining trees to ensure future new growth and re-forestation.

    We are looking for self motivated people, who want to work, learn, and can also teach us things, and share your experiences.

    The work can be very physically demanding at the moment.

    Accommodation is in a modern caravan, with hot water heater, gas fire, cooker, fridge, small bathroom with toilet, hot shower, you can also use our shower. You are welcome to bring your own tent.

    We have two sets of friends nearby who have workaways, and sometimes we can arrange meet ups so you can meet other travellers, and visit other places.

    Food is: Breakfast supplied, prepared by yourself, Lunch, soup, sandwiches, Evening meal, you can eat with us, or we can supply food for you to cook yourself. We are not vegetarian or organically certified. We cannot cater for special dietary requirements, vegetarian food can be provided.

    The nearest large city is Coimbra, 33 miles away,there is an International Train Station at Santa Comba Dao, and a bus station in Tabua, our nearest town - 7 miles.

    We are Elaine and Mike.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help with Eco Projects
    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
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope that volunteers will learn about living off grid, growing Lavender, making and using BioChar. We would like to learn about people from other countries, and their experiences of life.
    At the Quinta, the only traffic that you will hear will sheep's bells, as they walk along the road, and the local honey man on his way to tend his bees.

  • Help


    There is land clearing of burnt trees, fencing and tree felling. Building a chicken house/tractor. Building a log shed. Building a compost toilet., and solar shower. We hope to be replanting fruit trees too. Also the grass is growing fast and we need help strumming the land.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Beginner
    Portuguese: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    We have a modern caravan for two people, it is a 4 person caravan, but for comfort just two people are ideal. It has a fridge, cooker, hot and cold water, bathroom with cassette toilet, (we will build a compost toilet nearby) and small shower. We also have large Arctic tents that are available for use. We have outside gas rings for cooking, and a gas BBQ.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    The area is famous for it's wine, cheese, and granite stones! Walks along the river, through the forests, Roman Ruins, Coimbra and it's amazing University. A 10 minute drive takes you to the lake of Senhora do Riberha, we are happy to take you there, it is part of the Rio Mondego. We have friends who regularly have Workaways, they are walking distance through the forest, as is the river.

  • 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: 675258812754