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Bridgend
All Year: Yes (except December)
Area (ha): 18
Persons: up to 4
Category: Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 46790
Country: Wales

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Last Updated: February 19, 2018

Hallo and Welcome! S'mae a chroeso!

Current residents include sheep, cattle (Herefords and Aberdeen Angus), several chickens, ducks and geese, two Welsh Cobs, two cats and one or two humans...

There is also loads of wildlife including buzzards, foxes, lizards - and of course slugs...

Lots to do!

Things you can learn here:

- repairing dry stone walls
- grafting fruit trees
- making bread
- Welsh language and stories

Croeso i dysgwyr Cymraeg: Welcome to Welsh learners - Come and practice your Welsh while volunteering! Dewch i ymarfer yr iaith trwy gwirfoddoli yn Gymraeg!


Things we need help with:

- fencing, especially around fruit trees and shelter belts
- insulating the house, mostly with natural materials including lime plaster
- repairing outbuildings, including the roof
- chopping logs


Ok, now for more details....

We're living in strange times so it's probably important to state clearly that no-one is excluded from volunteering here because of the colour of their skin, their sexuality or their religious beliefs. (Accessibility statement below.)

My background is farming and conservation and in the past I have also set up an accessible community garden. I have over 25years experience of no-dig organic growing and also of applying permaculture principles to different situations, not just food-growing but also to social justice and to education.
Here on this farm I am keen to make use of traditional knowledge from across Wales and combine it with current ideas about sustainable agriculture. For example I am gradually reinstating some areas of ffridd, the traditional Welsh agroforestry system, but adapting the method to include fruit trees.

Things you need to know:

Volunteers work for approx 5 hours per day, and have 2 days off.
Accommodation is in a bunkhouse.
Everyone takes turns to cook and wash up as part of living here.

Things you'll need to bring:

- Wellies
- Torch
- Warm clothes and waterproofs
- Slippers or indoor shoes
- Sleeping bag

What's in walking distance:

- village with: shops, bus service, cycle track

What's nearby for days off:

- footpaths and cycle trails
- Glamorgan coast
- Gower peninsula
- Cardiff and Swansea

Disabled access:

The bunkhouse, the compost loos and the farmhouse kitchen are all on one level, each with just one step up at the doorways.

Getting here:

How to travel to the UK without flying:
Trains: http://www.seat61.com/
Buses: Look up Eurolines for buses from across Europe to London

Public transport in Wales: https://www.traveline.cymru/

Long distance buses:
National Express comes to Sarn, near Bridgend.
Megabus comes to Cardiff.

Cycling:
See Sustrans website for maps. Route 4 crosses South Wales with branches up every valley, including this one.

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