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Nr. Knighton, UK
All Year: Spring Summer Autumn
Area (ha): 4 acres ( 1.6 hectares)
Persons: 1/2 Single/Twin/Dble
Category: Other
Host ID: 3244
Country: Wales

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Last Updated: January 12, 2020

Available dates in:
May / June / July / August 2020

(Closed for renovations)

We are always keen to share skills, knowledge, understanding, ideas, experience, good food, great scenery, laughter and thoughts with fellow optimistic, happy forward-thinkers - is that YOU?

Present PROJECTS include:

Setting up a new test hydroponic/ aquaponic demonstration.
Building an exhibition display.
Adding to existing stone Pizza Oven
Constructing Kudo Cooking Station
Pre-Spring garden clearing.
Harnessing pent-up Field Spring water.
Making paths/ steps.


This project house hosts the work of the registered UK Charity, World of Water. Here, Friends of the environmental and educational charity develop water-based projects alogside wonderfully helpful HelpX members who arrive from all over the World to provide much needed voluntary help and support. Thank you all.(*See helpx references and project examples on list below)

Accommodation is in a traditional 17C Welsh Long Farmhouse with inglenook / open fires / set on a hillside overlooking a small village. It's peaceful; surrounded by fields, trees, sheep and clean air. Great area for music, walking, riding, thinking, singing, developing dreams, camping, meditation and cycling.

Contact us by email initially so we may read about your travels and get to know your aims and interests. After exchanging contact details, it's also useful to have a chat with you over the 'phone to say hello and discuss what sort of projects we'll be tackling when you are here (See FAQ's below for some past examples)

It helps to know what you would like to gain from your time with us as it is a help EXCHANGE - a two-way win-win get together, here to help each other. So when you email, please let us know the main reasons you want to visit here. If you mass mail us, you will just get an acknowledgment asking you 'why you picked us'.

We hope you enjoy your travels and if you are passing our farm gate, call in for a chat.

An ongoing big THANK YOU to all HelpXers who continue to support our charity and add their personal worth to making this an ever better place for special people.

Help Exchange Host 2007 - 2018
Wwoof Host 2005 - 2015
CouchSurfing Host 2008 - 2017

* There is weak signal Wifi connection which is OK for emails but can hang on large files but you need to bring your own laptop. There's a slight Mb. signal but only up on the hill above the farm (100 metres away)
* Please remember to bring a comfortable pair of strong working gloves with you and sturdy waterproof footwear.

* This is a non smoking place.

* When emailing us, please include a short description of yourself, your interests and skills. We always give preference to those sending their background info. Thank you.



The most often asked question from HelpX (and Wwoof) members is " What sort of projects will I be tackling?"

> Each day, each week, we start, continue and complete projects. A few projects are ongoing and we are just starting on a two year aquaponics project.
Whilst there is no set timetable of projects here, one Helpx member who was with us last Summer wrote out a list she tackled and her list is fairly typical of the sort of activities:

* Reviewed designs for the new Hydroponics / Aquaponics Research Unit
* Constructed a small retaining stone wall around the base of the Robin Hill Bird Table and fixed the table slats so they stop drooping in wet weather.
* Helped with some of the charity's paperwork one morning when it was too wet outside.
* Designed and built a Kitchen Composting box
* Planted out last year plant cuttings including the first silver birch on the Central Path between Hay Bod and Yule Fir
* Landscaped around the Oak Spring
* Brainstormed a plan for a app of community paths following a nature and sculpt trail up a nearby castle mound.
* Started the build of an outdoor pizza and bread oven
* Replaced hinges on letter box by Holly Gate
* Took 200 cuttings of box plant and potted them up.
* Walked up onto the Beacon and Knucklas Castle Mound
* Mixed sand/cement and did mortaring for water tank and grey water system.
* Cleared out dead undergrowth alongside the Wood Bod on the Geas Path
* Weaved living willow trees to enlarge the Nest on the Circle and Ygdrasil Path.
* Pruned hedgeline along the Kelpie Path at Ylem
* Moved pile of weeds and made compost tea.
* Re-made some wood steps alongside spring.
* Planted vegetable seeds and potatoes.
* Cooked bread outside, washed up etc.
* Lit first paper fire in the blacksmith forge to dry out fire bricks.
* Helped to design a Japanese Kudo cooking range
* Raked out leaves from brook and cleared banks
* Cleared large stones and constructed a new compacted earth tyre gabion retaining wall.
* Helped with the weekly shopping.
* Painted the tree carvings in the Bod Gallery
* Dug holes for new fence posts
* Created model of a Traditional Radnorshire Elf house to be used in storytelling courses.
* Visited W.H. Smith book museum in Newtown and unexpectedly stumbled across a Monet in Newtown modern art gallery.
* Clipped topiary
* Circled the floodlit Ludlow castle
* Cut grass and tidied paths.
* Watered vegetables.
* Explored Ludlow Town festival
* Carved hypertuffa (Concrete and compost mix)
* Cleared fields of nettles and thistles for drying. Made some nettle tea.
* Made a brushwood gabion wildlife habitat and a birdboxe.
* Dug out a soil bank and drainage ditch
* Planted shrubs
* Sieved earth
* Wrote and uploaded a story online
* Designed a garden water feature
* Sorted out and labelled the resource bod contents
* Planted new willow arch.


There's an 'energy' here you will enjoy that's invigorating and hopefully enlightening.

For more PHOTOS, visit our website addresses (above).

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