Apple Picking and Pressing Volunteer Week 2023


5th - 9th October 2023

(you can come to any or all of the days)


Chris Evans 
Looby Macnamara


5 day residential volunteer week. Arrive after 10am on 1st day, leave by 5pm on last day

Apple Picking and Pressing Volunteer Week Description

We are pleased to announce that our annual Apple Picking and Pressing volunteer week will be the 5th - 9th  October 2023, with arrivals on the 5th, picking 5th - 7th and pressing on the 8th and 9th. This week gives us a chance to share our beautiful home with friends, previous visitors and people interested to see what we do, whilst getting on with the important job of getting our apple and pear harvest in and processing it, along with any autumnal maintenance jobs needing to be done, which we need your help with. We will start with harvesting, followed by juicing. 

Come and enjoy hanging out at Applewood for as many days as you like, nothing to do but pick apples (and pears) ready to do juicing on the Sunday and Monday. Come and join in - plenty of space for camping, bring food to share. Lots of (last year's) cider & juice to drink & take home! This event will be family friendly.

We have limited places, so If you would like to come please contact Emma at .

Applewood Permaculture Centre is a 20 acre smallholding. Looby and Chris are lucky to have this as their family home since July 2016, with their 2 daughters, as well as a training centre. There are various teaching spaces, from heated yurt and barn space to outdoor marquee and open air. There are many diverse habitats here already; we have woodland, orchard, pasture, pool and gardens. Applewood is a tranquil sanctuary for wildlife and people alike. We are blessed with night times filled with owl hoots and immense starry skies that you’ll get to enjoy round an outside fire.


There is no charge for camping.

It is OK to attend for just some of the time if you can't make the whole 5 days.

Booking in advance is essential.

All the food will be vegetarian, with vegan and wheat free options.  We will share the preparation of food and washing up between us all. We will be providing some basic ingredients for meals and we are happy to receive any surplus produce from your gardens.

Facilitators & Venue

Chris lives at Applewood with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

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