The Meadow Orchard Project, North London
Community Building in Progress
A a community meadow in North London of around 2 acres, that we want to protect and grow into an orchard, a healing garden, a wildlife sanctuary and an edible forest garden - to inspire, to feed, to heal and to educate about permaculture food growing practices and a truly sustainable living.
We are currently constructing a community building in conjunction with Cob In The Community to be used for education, meetings and socialising. This will be part cob, part straw bale with a stem wall of rammed earth tyres, and with a reciprocal shingle roof, thus providing opportunities to learn a variety of techniques.
Volunteer days and workshops are running throughout October (and beyond...depending on the weather)
Facebook Page here
Other Facebook page here
South Wales Tyre & Straw Bale Project
Over the spring, summer and autumn of 2012, there will be ongoing work helping construct a straw bale building at the back of a garden. The work will include plenty of digging & tyre ramming, along with straw bale raising and plastering. The building will also have a green roof installed. Volunteers will be greeted with friendly workers, unlimited supplies of tea and cake and some homebrew beer for the evenings.
Please sign up to the newsletter on http://www.inglepingle.co.uk which will allow more information to be sent out on dates when they become available.
Down to Earth, Gower, South Wales
Various Ongoing Projects
'Down to Earth Project is a social enterprise specialising in Sustainability Education and Natural Building. Based on a beautiful site on the Gower Peninsula, Swansea, we offer a range of groundbreaking programmes for ‘disaffected’ young people and training programmes for adults in Traditional and Natural Building methods. As a centre for Sustainability Education (ESDGC), we offer educational programmes and training for workers from informal and formal educational sectors. We also work with schools and community organisations to design and build beautiful outdoor spaces using natural materials.'
Clayworks, in Cornwall
Outdoor Classroom in Progress
Clayworks normally has cob building projects on the go and are keen to have volunteers help out.
They currently have a cob project, you could help with. It is a stone, cob, oak and turf roof structure that they are building as an outdoor classroom for a local primary school down in Cornwall.
Find Clayworks here
Link to facebook page here
The Centre for Alternative Technology,
Machynlleth, Mid Wales:
Long Term opportunities, March/September start
The Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in mid-Wales takes Long Term Volunteers every March and September to volunteer full time with particular departments.
Centre for Alternative Technology
The Orchard Barn Project, Suffolk
A new eco-project being undertaken
We are currently trying to complete a big cob wall whilst the Indian summer continues. Beyond that we will be applying clay render, making it an oak shingle roof, then looking at setting up a rainwater harvesting and purification system, laying cobble stones in the yard and a chalk floor in part of the barn and so on. We are looking for volunteer help with all of these projects - especially the rainwater purification part.
Low Carbon Trust, Brighton, England
Low Carbon Trust offers a wide range of educational experiences ranging from training courses, tours, sustainable education to volunteering opportunities on our various projects. We have opportunities for volunteers to support our training courses and on live projects as well. If you are interested in volunteering, then please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.