Come and help us with eco building and plant nursery in Lenault, France



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    I am a newcomer to hosting, working on and looking for help with two (still early stage) projects in 'Suisse Normande',a particularly scenic area of northern France:

    1) setting up a plant nursery focusing on mostly wild species for my favoured naturalistic style of gardening and
    2) an ecobuild involving some new structures and the renovation of a house and barn ruin using largely mud and other traditional materials on the site.

    The land situated on the edge of a hamlet deep in the countryside had a well but now has piped water and an electricity supply. English is likely to be the main language and some at least basic knowledge of this would be desirable. I am able to manage some French and very limited German but very much welcome all nationalities for the richest cultural exchange.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Help with Eco Projects
    Animal Care
    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

    The area is especially interesting for its dramatic landscapes. It is reasonably close to a lot of major Normandy attractions, such as Mont St Michel and other major historic sights. The wildlife is also exceptional, the property being situated deep in the countryside. Individuals can also expect to improve their English (if it is not their first language), and their French speaking skills.

  • Help


    Those with carpentry, electrical, plumbing, any building or at least DIY skills would be especially useful but an interest in contributing to, or learning about, low environmental impact building is important.

    With the nursery work volunteers will learn about propagating and growing plants. Having a horticultural background while an advantage is not essential.

    A driving license would be useful as help may be asked for with one or two garden shows attended, possibly in other countries in Europe. I will be very happy to devote some time to exploring attractions of the region as not having lived in the area for long these will be new me also.

    If you do not have your own car we can collect you from the nearest public transport. I am looking for a maximum of six volunteers.

  • Languages

    Languages spoken
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent

    This host offers a language exchange
    This host has indicated that they are interested in sharing their own language or learning a new language.
    You can contact them directly for more information.

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is very basic at present - beds on the earth floor of rooms of the house or barn or tents if preferred. Meals mostly not vegetarian (although some special provision can be made) which I hope visitors with some culinary ability will volunteer to cook occasionally, will be a hopefully communal experience where ideas can be exchanged.

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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

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    5 hours a day (perhaps less if a trip is planned in afternoon), 5 days a week

Host ref number: 928715311325