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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 10
Persons: 4
Category: Non Organic Farmstay
Host ID: 20070
Country: Scotland

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Last Updated: May 15, 2014

We have some spaces for helpers from March until June. We have 26 acres of rolling grassland in the Clyde Valley. We are 4km from the nearest small town (Biggar). The farm has a small flock of Hebridean Sheep, some alpaca , ponies and a thoroughbred horse, as well as chickens, geese and quail. We grow vegetables and fruit in a walled garden and there is a small orchard.
Work includes animal husbandry, mucking out, weeding, planting of trees and vegetables, pruning, hedging etc. Currently we are concentrating on the restoration of our farm buildings (built in the 1790's). The buildings, listed and protected by Historic Scotland, are being restored using traditional materials (lime mortar, stone work, slates and cast iron).
There is some gardening, landscaping and groundwork in progress. We are creating a series of ponds at the back of the farm for water storage, and a small wildlife pond. The Georgian farmhouse also serves as a 4 Star Bed and Breakfast, and the farm, barns and grounds are used for weddings in the Summer, when some help putting up marquees is always useful.

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