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.

We now offer working parties on 3 week-days - each with a different focus, plus random Saturdays - TBC

Tuesdays - developing the vegetable growing areas

Wednesdays - 3 days a month practical site development as well as helping our local woodsman with the renovation of ancient woodland 1 day/month short video

Thursdays - greenwood working

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
  Volunteers enjoying tea break in woods