Community building camps: volunteer on community projects and gain natural building skills

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Posted Aug 1 2017 by Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods

A volunteering event to make beautiful natural buildings affordable for schools, charities, community groups, trusts and pubic organisations who put other people and the environment first.

Our Community Building Camps give you a chance to learn by collaborating on a real building project. Your participation assists the charity, community group or school accomplish the building of their dreams. The event is something between work experience, volunteering and crowd funding, but not a course. The main currency is your physical work and every participant pays £40 per week which is used to cover the costs of Katherine cooking our evening meals. This is payable in advance via the course bookings page and is used as a deposit to book your place. There will be the opportunity to stay on for longer if you’d like but we ask a minimum commitment of two weeks and will give preference to those that can commit to three. Also please note that because of the nature of this event you must be physically fit, strong and competent with tools. We’ll all be camping together on-site for the duration.

The third project for 2017 is at Farms For City Children again (Gloucestershire). We are building a bridge from cleft sweat chestnut and oak. This will be a twisted funky sculptural bridge.  During these 2 weeks you’ll master cleaving timber. We’ll also have some smaller A frame structures to build, and may make some cordwood walls on the last roundhouse we built there. We are now taking expressions of interest for this camp. The dates are 28th August – 8th Sept.

If you would like to be involved please email me including any relevant experience or skills.

Testimonials 2016

It’s difficult to put into words, (or music or dance)…This building and the team have been fabulous. Lots of learning, experimenting, laughter, music, exceptional food and an amazing building for a fabulous charity. I don’t want to go home or burst the bubble. Thank you. Lindy.

So much positivity to take away from this experience. Not only a valuable learning opportunity but so much fun, community and peace. Sad to be departing but leaving with inspiration in my heart. Many thanks to Adrian and Kath and to everyone who made this project possible. Lot of love Matt.

A community building project in action

Thanks to Kath for putting on a food fest and to Adrian for the woodworking. I think I have found a group of lifelong friends who I know will come running when called upon. I have had an absolute blast with all aspect of the past 14 days. I would like to shout a massive thanks for allowing me to be part of an awesome build and to a great charity. Cheers Boycee.

What seems now like a very long time ago when I lived in Belize I had my first experience of a community building project. We helped a family to build their home, a simple and humble hut built from natural materials. The whole village came out to help; women, children, young and old, all dug with their hands, sticks, make-do tools or what ever they had to hand. Slowly bit by bit from the foundations upwards the hut grew. Back in the UK I felt inspired to continue this tradition which must surely have been common place here too not so long ago. Adrian Leaman (Wholewoods).