Experience woodland management and low-impact living in the Peak District, UK


United Kingdom

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    This 6.5acre (2.63hectare) plot - half woodlands and half water meadow - is a Site of Biological Importance. We are working to improve habitats and biodiversity. Learn woodland management and woodland crafts.

    Our house in the village of Rudyard is equipped with many eco-technologies: solar hot water, solar electricity, rainwater harvesting, wood-fired cooking, heating and hot water, and eco toilets. An1800s house adapted for low-carbon living.

    We grow ORGANIC VEGETABLES for or own use in the home garden and in a new plot on the meadow. We are moving towards biodynamic growing.

    We are seeking energetic volunteers, who can stay from one to three weeks. NO PRIOR KNOWLEDGE NEEDED. Accommodation in our home for up to 3 single persons or a couple (shared room with own shower).

    We provide good food, comfortable accommodation and a warm welcome. We are LGBT friendly

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Help with Eco project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We hope to offer an insight into sustainable forest management, improving wildlife habitat, and low-impact living, including organic vegetable growing. We can assist with improving English and in exploring this beautiful part of England.

  • Help


    We offer a variety of tasks depending on season, weather and current priorities. . Being self-sufficient in firewood, the moving, cutting, splitting of wood is an ongoing task.

    We have been working with RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) to improve the habitat for wildlife in our woods. We have agreed a long-term programme of work, which we started in Spring 2015.

    We have also established a new organic vegetable growing area in our meadow, which will enable us to be more self-sufficient in vegetables. This will be based on biodynamic principles.

    Members of the Woodland Trust, Soil Association and CAT, holding qualifications in sustainable woodland management, we can also teach making preserves and soft cheese.

  • Languages spoken

    Portuguese: Fluent
    French: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    A room in our house with beds for three with its own shower. We only take volunteers of the same sex at any one time unless they are travelling as a couple. We also have a converted pony trailer which can be used like a caravan to provide occasional extra accomodation

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Nearest railway stations are Stoke-on-Trent and Macclesfield. There is a reasonable bus service to the village and we have bikes. We are on the edge of the Peak District National Park which offers spectacular walking. the cities of Manchester and Liverpool are within easy reach. Detailed 'things to do' and travel information will be sent on request.

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    • 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?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 793283363857