Help develop woodland flora by planting wild flowers and edible plants in Insch, Scotland, UK


United Kingdom

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    Because of covid-19 I am only accepting helpers who want to stay for at a month and who particularly want to come to the country and learn about nature. We have a farm that has been converted mostly into trees ages 10 - 20 years old that need maintenance. This involves pruning the trees and planting new ones and weeding round the trees. We also try to develop the flora in the woods by planting wild flowers and useful forest edible plants. We also grow vegetables and they need to be weeded.

    I tend to prepare food from scratch and like the idea of a simple sustainable life (with wifi). I also like foraging for food and making different things. Vegetarians are encouraged but we do eat some meat and fish if it is local and usually given to us (ie not from a supermarket). Dietary (ie not strict as we have a young dog and bees etc.) vegans who cook are also welcome as we like vegan food. Expect helpers to share with food preparation and cleaning in kitchen.

    I (Rosie) am mainly interested in traveling, Forestry, cooking and and mushrooms. I am happy to help with English language learning. My daughter Beatrice speaks Spanish and Russian and is keen to practice!

    You need to be interested in nature to come here. My daughter lives just down the road but she also helps on the farm and grows vegetables.

    I prefer helpers who have initiative to see what needs to be done and who are flexible and can organise themselves.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    Art Projects
    Language practice
    Help with Eco Projects
    DIY and building projects
    Farmstay help
    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

    Forestry, gardening, English, cooking, using wild foods, mushrooms. We have some musical instruments. We are always learning from volunteers and love the exchange of ideas especially different ways of using foods that emerges from the experience of having people to stay from different countries.
    I can show volunteers how to make sourdough bread, kombucha, flower wine, cider, herbal teas and many similar things.

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Help


    Help in the trees and early summer to divide daffodil bulbs. In June planting container grown trees. Pruning and clearing brashed branches of spruce trees. Help gardening in spring, weeding in summer and picking fruit from July onwards. We have just built a new path so need to make it nice by planting flowers and trees along it.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    Spanish: Fluent
    Russian: Beginner
    Chinese (Mandarin): Beginner

    This host offers a language exchange
    I am learning Italian

  • Accommodation


    We have tents and a caravan.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We are walking distance from Insch train station (Aberdeen 35 minutes, Inverness 1hr 30 mins) and a small village that has shops and even a golf course! Lovely hills nearby (Bennachie) and nice walks on the farm.

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    • 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

    This host has indicated that they love having digital nomads stay.

  • 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

    This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day 5 days a week

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