We work with local volunteers on conservation projects

It is the time, energy and expertise of local volunteers that underpins everything we do at Orchard Barn - from conservation projects in our traditional orchard, work on and around the barn, to helping to renovate local woodland.

This winter 20/21, thanks to funding from Suffolk Community Foundation and Heritage Lottery Funding we are offering FREE practical courses to volunteers. These comprise of Traditional Carpentry and Greenwood work on Wednesdays, and Beginners Carpentry on Thursdays. Both days are led by experienced crafts people.

Small group size with plenty of social distancing outside provides a healthy environment in which to learn, make new friends, get some expercise as well as further the ambitious reinstatement of our Suffolk Long House.


Email sarah.orchardbarn@gmail.com or phone 077660-54042 to register your interest.

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Tuesdays continue to be our day of gardening. This winter 20/21 we will be offering practical courses in Compost Making, Natural Mulch, Deadwood Screen Construction, Plant ID as well as Growing Perennial Vegetables in a Raised Bed.

A day in the woods - read about Karyll Browne's experience

Volunteers explain why they like working at Orchard Barn

The majority of projects we undertake utilise hand tools. There are many advantages to these traditional, low-tech ways of working:-

  • Increased fitness
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Skills development
  • Quieter - we can talk, or listen to the sounds of nature
  • Kinder on the wildlife
  • No polluting fumes
  • Slower, mindful - helps counteract stress
  • Greater satisfaction
  • Keeps old skills alive and practiced Volunteer Induction pack                        Expenses policy Dec 19
    Volunteer policy Nov 19

  Orchard Barn Volunteers

Whilst OBee derives some of its income by offering paid-for training courses, it relies heavily on grant-funding and volunteers to maintain and develop its premises and promote its ethos.

To secure grant funding – and indeed to comply with company legislation - we have to demonstrate not only our technical credentials, but also our commitment to the range of people-related policies expected of a modern organisation. Awareness of, and adherence to, such policies is essential, so we require all our on-site volunteers to undertake appropriate training and regular refreshers.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community and we aim to attract like-minded individuals to join us and share our work. It is important that we welcome new volunteers and introduce them to our style of working through hands-on experience. We feel this is best achieved through undertaking enjoyable tasks alongside established volunteers. Hence we ask all existing volunteers to support us by joining in a light-hearted half-day session following the induction training. We view a commitment to take part in such events as an essential part of being a member of the OBee community.

This summer volunteers learnt how to build with cob and repaired our outdoor seating area.

Volunteers learn how to use cob to repair the outdoor seating area