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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: March 1, 2018

We need help now with the new community store which is open every day. A fantastic way to meet local people.

Our big old house is well situated tucked behind the main street with frequent buses to Edinburgh.

There's going to be lots to do in the garden, housework and 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!

We are about 45 minutes from Edinburgh by frequent bus. Accommodation for 1 or for 2 sharing a room for 2 - 4 weeks. We provide vegetarian 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.

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

We expect volunteers to work for about 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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