Practical Permaculture Volunteer Week 2023


26th - 31st May 2023- FULL waiting list only


Chris Evans 
Looby Macnamara


4 day residential volunteer week. Arrive after 4pm on 26th May, leave by 11am 31st May 

Volunteer Week Description

We are excited to announce that our Applewood annual volunteer week will be from the 26th - 31t May 2023.  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 important maintenance jobs done, which we need your help with.

In past years we have built a compost toilet, raised beds, erected our yurt, fenced our orchards, and most importantly had a lot of fun! In the evenings we gathered around the fire, after a productive days work to sing songs, share stories and make merry with our home grown juice and cider! We also manage to fit in a tour of land and buildings and leave space for people to enjoy the peace and energy on our 20 acre smallholding. We will announce more about this years program later in the spring. This event will be family friendly.

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

Working here at Applewood, helping to create and maintain this land and space for learning and personal transformation, is both fun and fulfilling. Looby and Chris are such caring and grateful hosts, it's a real pleasure to help them.

Plenty of sunshine, laughter, fires, building, digging, new friends and copious amounts of fellowship, sharing and reconnecting. Thanks for another episode on my life's journey. Ali

Deeply grateful for this nourishing and re-inspiring time we would spend together. A truly wonderful week full of joy and laughter, support and creativity, connection and reconnection, fire and water, deep conversations and silly songs, remembering and en-visioning. My heart if full, Yasemin


Postcode is SY8 4JG - Orleton Common (more details provided on booking)

Nearest train stations are Ludlow or Leominster

Facilitators & Venue

The Venue
Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding, Waterloo Farm, recently acquired in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Designed Visions partners Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a  permaculture demonstration and training centre. We feel that with permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it! The site includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. A converted barn and outbuildings provide indoor accommodation and the grounds a peaceful campsite.

For regular updates and photos see our facebook page 

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