Help in our garden and some DIY projects in rural Co. Down, UK



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    We are retired farmers in our mid 70’s living in rural Co. Down. Our daughter has returned from Australia to live on the farm and has introduced us to permaculture.
    Co. Down is an area of drumlins (small hills), narrow roads and hedges making it both interesting and beautiful. Our farm has views of the Mourne Mountains, The Sperrins and Belfast. We have many local National Trust properties nearby, including those used to film The Game of Thrones. Our nearest seaside resort is 40 minutes drive; it is beside a long stretch of beach, owned by the National Trust, where grey seals bask, as well as having sand dunes with flora and fauna.
    We try to live sustainably - reduce, reuse, recycle - and try to reduce our carbon footprint. We have solar electricity and use our own wood for heating.
    We are not vegetarians, but do not eat meat every day. While appreciating vegan principles, we find them difficult to fit into our lifestyle.

  • Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Types d'aide et opportunités d'apprendre

    Aide avec des éco-projets
    Bricolage et projets de construction
    Cuisine/repas pour la famille
    Aide à la maison
    Entretien général
    Aide informatique / avec Internet

  • Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU que cet hôte essaie d'atteindre

    Objectifs de l’ONU
    Pas de pauvreté
    Faim «zéro»
    Bonne santé et bien-être
    Éducation de qualité
    Égalité entre les sexes
    Eau propre et assainissement
    Énergie propre et d'un coût abordable
    Travail décent et croissance économique
    Industrie, innovation et infrastructure
    Inégalités réduites
    Villes et communautés durables
    Consommation et production responsables
    Mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques
    Vie aquatique
    Vie terrestre
    Paix, justice et institutions efficaces
    Partenariats pour la réalisation des objectifs
  • Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Echange culturel et opportunités d'apprendre

    Ireland has many cultural sites, some of them dating thousands of years. We have a few archeological sites quite near us, but the Giants Causeway on the North Coast is too far for a day trip - some volunteers go for a weekend. Depending on the time of year there may be festivals, otherwise we can direct volunteers to cultural events and entertainments.
    Belfast is now a vibrant city and is approx. 50 minutes by bus. The bus to Dublin takes two hours and it calls at Dublin airport.
    We are happy to share our knowledge of soil regeneration and gardening with you.
    There will be opportunities to learn to bake bread, as well as cakes and pastries. In season, you may help with processing produce into jams, chutneys and pickles.

  • Aide


    We need volunteers who are interested in the environment and biodiversity and have experience of gardening e.g. know a plant from a weed!

    We have two wooded areas and need help to shape them by pruning in the winter during the dormant season, tidying, providing for wildlife, etc. They are great places to practice meditation, yoga or tai chi.

    Our garden always needs attention, especially our organic vegetable garden where we try to grow as much of our own food as possible. We mostly follow permaculture principles, using the ‘no dig’ method. As well, we have planted up additional fruit trees to start a fruit forest. Hopefully, we will need help to pick fruit. Just now we need help to ‘put our garden to bed’ until the Spring.
    We enjoy our flowers and mostly grow bee friendly species. We have tried to make our flower garden easier to manage, but of course, there are always weeds!

    We are restoring the farmhouse next door so any DIY skills would be useful. As well we need help to tidy, paint and repair our farmyards.

  • Langues parlées

    Anglais: Courant
    Français: Intermédiaire

  • Hébergement


    We live in a small bungalow, so the accommodation would be in a caravan beside us. This has mains electricity and running water, toilet and shower, though we allow volunteers to use our bathroom and share our main meals. We eat organically if possible and often make our own bread. As I enjoy cooking, I would be interested in exploring different foods, while providing volunteers with traditional Irish dishes.
    You are welcome to use our sitting room to read, etc. It has a small television and a stereo player. But we hope you would spend some time in the den with us.
    If COVID-19 returns, it would be extremely difficult to keep you with us as the cooking facilities in the caravan have been disconnected.

  • Autres infos...

    Autres infos...

    Our small local town (approx. 10 mins. drive) has coffee shops, cinema etc. and we are willing to take volunteers there and will collect you up to 11 pm. Otherwise, there are plenty of taxis.

    Much of The Game of Thrones was filmed nearby and they have developed an interactive exhibition centre close by which is due to open in February. (See their website)

    Our farm is a good place to “chill out”. But if you are interested in lively nightlife, we are not for you. Banbridge has little hotel accommodation, so bars only have music at weekends and currently that would be modern or country, but not traditional.

    Two people are ideal, being company for each other. We will try to take volunteers on outings, especially at weekends and depending on government guidelines.

    You would be living in a caring environment where we focus on others qualities and we aim to show love and respect to everyone.

  • Informations complémentaires

    Informations complémentaires

    • Accès Internet

    • Accès Internet limité

      Accès Internet limité

    • Nous avons des animaux

    • Nous sommes fumeurs

    • Familles bienvenues

  • Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    Possibilité d’accueillir les digital nomads

    We now have full fibre broadband with reasonable speeds.

  • Espace pour garer des vans

    Espace pour garer des vans

    Living on a farm, we have several areas suitable for a camper van.

  • Combien de volontaires pouvez-vous accueillir ?

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