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Hebden Bridge
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 0.20
Persons: 2 possibly 3
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 28259
Country: England

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Last Updated: August 26, 2014

From August 25/26th: Looking for gardeners and/or people willing to rub down and paint internal and external woodwork- training given if needed - patience in rubbing down with sandpaper, and care not to get paint everywhere, most important!

We are a Vegetarian Housing Co-op, set up 11 years ago in an old pub. 8 of us live here, with a large steeply sloped garden where we grow lots of soft fruit, some apples and increasingly, more vegetables. We have top bar bee hives and lots of bracken and brambles,too! There are 3 terraces where people can camp as well.
Although there are 8 of us, everyone is usually busy doing different things, and HelpXers work quite a lot on their own - so it really won't work for people looking to practise their English - much better for people who like quite a bit of time and space to themselves,
Members are involved with Tree Responsibility; cook soup for a local food kitchen; do green woodworking amongst other things. Although vegetarian for shared meals, individuals do sometimes cook and eat their own fish or meat. We have a large studio that is used by the local community for meetings,events etc. It also makes a lovely space to stay in, plus currently there is a separate bedroom for guests and volunteers.

We want people to help with work in the garden, helping make more terraces, growing food, weeding, making compost, pruning etc. depending on skills and interests. We love sharing gardening skills,and can offer organic,no dig, companion planting and permaculture experience. Also planting out along the canal and locally. There's always maintenance to do in the house if that's more your interest and we have monthly work days together.

Hebden Bridge is a pretty unique small market town with lots going on - google it and have a look. Its easy to get to on public transport, half way between Leeds and Manchester on a regular rail service. There are walks that start right from the door.

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