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All Year: No - seasonal
Area (ha): 2.08
Persons: 6
Category: Other
Host ID: 35436
Country: England

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Last Updated: February 23, 2020

The High Nature Centre is a 'Healing Biotope' for ecological learning and regenerative culture. We are located between the villages of East Prawle and East Portlemouth on the South Devon Coast in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The ethical rural enterprise was founded in 2012 by Permaculture Designer & Creative Director Catherine Middleditch. The Centre welcomes around 300 people each year including families, couples, solo travellers and international volunteers. The Centre continues to be an ever evolving ecological and social experiment focusing on re-wilding, nature connection / healing, social outreach, and permaculture practice.

Temporary seasonal accommodation is available to visiting tourists in the form of yurts. The yurt camping field consists of a spacious field divided into 4 main circular spaces so that visitors can feel enclosed within their own private glade. Wildflowers provide valuable wildlife habitat, fabulous for observing bees and butterflies.

The project aims to conserve, protect, and enhance wildlife habitats and geological and archaeological features. Another aim is to increase the bio-diversity and productivity on the land and create a haven for both wildlife and visitors.

Volunteers can expect to get involved in a variety of jobs and activities from helping to manage the yurt camp, food growing, cooking, arts and crafts, land management, admin and community engagement.

The Centre is specifically looking for people with skills and experience (or a keen interest) in: hospitality, green building, carpentry, health food cooking, permaculture and tourism.

Plans for 2020 include:

- Introducing veg boxes to the yurt camp
- Food growing (herbs & salads)
- Site Maintenance - painting etc.
- Increasing the arts and crafts activities
- Producing interpretation / information boards
- Connecting with school groups
- Creating art and nature trails

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