Help us with our garden projects in Hertfordshire, UK.


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    We are NOT looking for any Workawayers in 2019 any more. Sorry!

    The next time we will need help in our house and garden will be in March 2020, for around one week.

    We are looking for a single Workawayer or a couple. You should be 21 years or older, with experience of gardening, and be someone who can work independently. If you are 19-21 please convince us why you would be able to work in our garden.

    The primary chores are in the garden. Often that means a lot of weeding!

    Please tell us in your message _why_ you would like to stay with us, and what your experiences are of working in a garden (and/or what DIY experience you have).

    We ask that you can speak English to at least B2 level, as we are usually at work during the week so are not easily able to check that you have understood what we have asked.

    If the weather is bad (or if you have lots of DIY experience anyway), we might ask you to tackle some basic DIY jobs in the house instead, or jobs like cooking or cleaning.

    Please note that we partly select our Workawayers on the basis of personality, and whether we think we will all get on together. We would therefore like to know something about you and your interests when you send your request, so that we can get an idea of the kind of person you are. You might also want to tell us why you would like to stay with us.


    Who we are:
    We are a German-English professional couple in our mid 40s, and have a large garden (ca. 50m x 10m), where we grow vegetables, fruit and flowers - it's not really a smallholding, but there are lots of things to do in the garden. We are interested in the environment, and try to be as green as we can be (although not really as much as we should).

    Interests & "lifestyle":
    Our other interests include the arts and left-wing / green politics, and we are generally interested in other cultures and how people around the world live. Because we grow a lot of our own fruit and vegetables, we like to find ways of using our produce, such as making jam (as well as just eating it for dinner, of course), and we make our own sourdough bread.

    Some people might call us boring (we are definitely not 'party animals'), we like to think of ourselves as quietly content :-) We are both active in our local Transition Town group, while Claire is also interested in meditation, does a bit of yoga, and knits.

    We are a vegetarian / semi-vegan household (i.e. no meat/poultry/fish and we try to limit dairy products and eggs), and we would expect you to be vegetarian while you are staying / eating with us.

    What hours are we looking for:
    We ask you to volunteer about 3-4 hours a day, for 5 days out of 7.
    We work full-time, but would be happy to join in helping with you at weekends, and maybe could take some time off work on other days occasionally. But generally during the week you might be doing your own thing a lot of the time.

    Who we are looking for?
    We would prefer to have a single Workawayer or a couple (age 21 or older), and who can be fairly independent when volunteering. (We have one spare room, with a double bed, so this might not be suitable for friends travelling together.) We are also more interested in meeting people from other countries, rather than our own - but we will consider British people if you seem a good fit with us :-) Please look at the list of jobs we need doing before contacting us!

    We would only like to host non-smokers. Please note that we cannot host any children.

    You will need to be quite self-reliant and happy to be on your own, both in your volunteering time, and in your time off. We will spend time with you when we can, but will have our own things to do too, even at weekends and in the evenings, so you need to be able to 'amuse yourself'. (Especially as we don't have a TV!) We are not the people for you if you want to be entertained 24/7 :-) On the other hand, we would like to get to know you a little, so we like to share evening meals with our guests and maybe play some board games.

    Getting to know each other:
    Before we commit ourselves to hosting you, we would very much like to Skype with you, so that we can all see whether we would get along. We hope that you will see the benefits of this for you too. :-)

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    As bi-national and bi-lingual hosts, and having lived in three different countries we can offer you our insights into British and German societies (and the limited experience of living in Ireland for 10 months). We both have a strong interest in politics and the environment, and we are keen to exchange our thoughts with people staying with us. We make our own sourdough bread and try to "live green", and can share our thoughts on ecology, protecting the environment, and how to live with the compromises we all need to make.

    We can also teach you English and German, as well as how to cook vegetarian meals, and about music history, theory or finding information, or coping with information overload.

  • Help


    Current projects we want help with include:

    In the garden:
    - clearing and digging vegetable and flower beds
    - ongoing light gardening like weeding and lawn mowing.

    In the summer and autumn we need help with harvesting and watering too.

    In the house:
    - some small DIY jobs
    - if we are harvesting a lot of fruit when you're staying, we might teach you how to make jam :-)

    Then there are just day-to-day chores like cleaning, washing up and cooking which we don't mind someone helping with!

    Normally we would only consider having 1 person or a couple staying with us at any time; due to our work commitments we will not be able to host you for longer than one week.

    We enjoy meeting people who are open-minded and inquisitive about the world; and who don't have fixed and conventional views.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English and German (fluent), French (intermediate)

  • Accommodation


    1 guest room with double bed (sharing the bathroom with us).

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our town is on the train line between Cambridge and London, both about half an hour's train journey away. So we are in a good location for visiting tourist sights! The town where we live is small but is near some nice countryside, so it is possible to do various walks or cycle rides. There is also an outdoor swimming pool (only open in summer) nearby if you are keen on swimming. Because it is a small town, there is not really any 'night life'; but there is a small cinema and occasionally some gigs or other events in the evenings. Be warned: we do not have a TV! But we do like to play board games, if our guests are willing.

    Working with us will not be too exhausting, and might be a good start for someone new to Workaway. We are happy to provide food for you when you are at our place, or we are happy to let you cook for everyone if you would like to (as long as it's vegetarian!).

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    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?


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    Hours expected

    3-4 hours a day with two days off /week

Rainbow over the tree tops in our neighbourhood (8 June 2019)
A pear tree which we are trying to grow as an espalier fruit tree.
view of our house from the back
This is a cardoon plant. It's related to an artichoke, except you eat the stems.
the fruit cage (2017 photo). We normally have a fair amount of fruit.
Greenhouse in June 2018, with cherry tomatoes, kohlrabi, peppers
Photo taken on 10 June 2017, our house from our garden...
Our cold frame with some plants grown from seeds in April 2019
The spare bedroom (photo 1)
The spare bedroom (photo 2)
Sweet Corn and squash plants in 2012
a very small selection of our fruit harvest (2013)
some of the squashes we harvested in 2013

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