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nr Edinburgh
All Year:
Area (ha): 0.64 approx
Persons: 2
Category: Homestay
Host ID: 3614
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: November 10, 2017

We need help now at our house and big garden. One side is in wooded country, the other behind main street with frequent buses to Edinburgh.

There's gardening, housework and lots of community projects like THE LOST GARDEN OF PENICUIK, PENICUIK STOREHOUSE, and more, to get involved with -see below.

We look for enthusiasm but experience of gardening, building or painting is a bonus. If you are interested in local culture and history and are happy to work unsupervised, you'll be needed!

There's a once weekly, not-for-profit shop supplying fairtrade & organic food and goods to our local community.

We are about 45 minutes from Edinburgh by frequent bus. Accommodation for 1 or for 2 sharing a room for 2 weeks. We provide meals.

We are involved in our local community, a group restoring the vast Lost Garden of Penicuik (a nearby Victorian walled garden) growing food. Helpers have dug, planted, harvested, cooked and sold produce for 4 years now. We have built several hugel beds there (hugelkultur) and if anyone would like to work on these, that would be wonderful.

Jane has a pottery and often needs assistance lifting heavy clay sacks and shelves.

Roger is part of a team hoping to open a bakery and community store soon.

There is a community cinema to help with every Sunday night and a community meal every week.

We expect volunteers to work for 4 hours each day or about 20 hours per week in exchange for bed and full board. We are non smokers and mainly eat vegetarian food.

Thanks to all the great volunteers who been helping us in the last 10 years

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