The camp covers two weeks and involves completing the process for restoration of some old buildings. This will involve putting roof beams and timbers in place and laying stone tiles on the roof. Volunteers will have a chance to work alongside other volunteers and develop their skills and knowledge of historic and sustainable building techniques.
This is an authentic historical experience, and as such facilities are very basic. There are no modern facilities on site, so no electricity or piped water – all water comes from a well. Toilets are external compostable & a bucket of water is kept with Dettol mixed in to kill any germs for washing hands. At the entrance of the main building where food is cooked, eaten and stored, there is another bucket of water with Dettol, hand wash, hand sanitizer and nail brushes. Showers will be taken off site at the local swimming pool. For the accommodation, it will be with sharing tents: 4 cone tents that can sleep 2-4 people each and one large tent that can sleep 6. Tents generally divided by gender, however if there are friends or those who don’t mind sharing gender happy with that. Cooking will be done over open fires by a member of staff on the project. Volunteers are invited to bring some recipes from home to share. If the volunteers want more / different food they can have a trip to a local shop. They can easily store anything they bring with in their tents. There are no clothes washing facility so we encourage you to bring a suitable amount of clothing with you, but the host can arrange for you to wash your clothes if you require it. There is limited phone signal at the farm and nowhere to charge phones, so please ensure volunteers are ready for this. We realise that these conditions can seem intimidating to many people, but we will assure you that it is not as scary as it seems. The art of living simply is often lost but we strive to create a humble, peaceful place full of nature’s wonders in which you can have a complete break from reality. Who knows… you might never want to leave!
The Grayhill Farm is in an area of natural beauty and there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding areas, including Roman Ruins, official walks and rivers. There will be a diverse range of people involved in the project and they enjoy to spend evenings sharing nice meals and enjoying stories and music around the campfire. The project is close to train and bus terminals and the host can take you there in free days, so you can easily access nearby small towns and villages, and the larger cities of Newport, Cardiff, Bath and Bristol are also within 1 hr by train. Working hours are Breakfast at 8am, work starts at 9am, 1 hour lunch, work finishes at 5pm, dinner at 6pm.
The Grayhill project is an historical restoration and re-enactment project based in a re-created 16th century landscape near Chepstow in Monmouthshire, they have been hosting international volunteers since the project began in 1987. Grayhill Historical Farm was bought by the Historical Land Group Trust and renovation of the entire 15.5 acre site to its late 16th early 17th century condition began in 1987. There are 30 fields in the 15 acres which have been returned to their historical land uses, hay meadows, pasture, woodland, arable, gardens and orchards. Ten collapsed period buildings have been restored so far, from Longhouses to pig sties. Much of the 3 miles of field boundaries have been reinstated along with ponds and wells. The site provides the ideal background for film shoots and educational courses as well as the production of period foodstuffs. The BBC historical documentary TV series ‘Tales from the Green Valley’ was set here.
See more at http://www.stuart-hmaltd.com/green_valley_farm.php
There is the opportunity to leave later and take part in an English Civil War recreation event in Gloucester (to be confirmed). Volunteers would attend this as attendees or taking part in recreation of the battle and living history recreation of aspects of life – if so they would stay until the 27th August (instead of 23rd) and stay night of 26th at Stuart’s, Grayhill farm manager home. This element will be entirely managed between Grayhill Farm and the Volunteers – if volunteers want to do this we will pass on contact details.
This is a physical demanding project. You must be physically fit to be able to fully participate in this project. Volunteers need to bring a sleeping bag – thick if possible, pillow, gloves, hat, strong waterproof working boots with good grip and ankle support, indoor shoes, waterproof jackets and trousers, warm socks (lots), warm pyjamas and jumpers, layers (vests, long sleeved tops, leggings, shorts), towel – BRING ENOUGH CLOTHES FOR PERIOD AS MAY ONLY BE ABLE TO WASH CLOTHES ONCE IF AT ALL. You are welcome to bring your own tent if you would like privacy. Volunteers would also benefit from separate torch from phone (head torch best) and spare batteries, Battery pack to recharge phone, entertainment (games, cards, paper, pens…), baby wipes, hot water bottle…