Free learning with a Wholewoods community build camp in 2019

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Posted Jan 15 2019 by Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods
A happy team of Wholewoods community build camp volunteers

Wholewoods are continuing their fantastic work, offering volunteers on-site learning on a 2019 build camp to construct a roundhouse for OrganicLea. Adrian Leaman has all the details of how to get involved below.


Build Camp is a volunteering camp to help make the most mindbogglingly beautiful natural buildings affordable for schools, charities, community groups, trusts and public organisations who put other people and the environment first.

Community Build 7 Spring 2019

Level – Experience required
Date –  Starting April 1st 2019
Duration – Minimum commitment 2 weeks full project 3 months.
Project – Fully Insulated Roundhouse
Price – Free
Client – OrganicLea Workers’ Co-operative, Epping Forest (remember this?)

During this camp we are building a large fully insulated reciprocal roundhouse with green roof, whiskey barrel walls, doors and windows, suspended floor and so on. Organiclea Workers’ Co-op will use this building as a teaching space.

OrganicLea's reciprocal roundhouse woodland classroom
Credit: Wholewoods

We ask a minimum commitment of two weeks but the longer you can spend with us the better. We’ll be spending 3 months on this build and we’ll all be camping, eating and working together on-site for the duration.

This is a REAL FULL BUILD on-site, so you’ll need to be physically fit and competent with tools. You’ll also need to be self-sufficient as we’ll be living outdoors in basic conditions. The opportunity is available only to those aged 18 or over.

Build Camp is not a course but we will all be coming to learn as well as to give. Your participation assists Organiclea in creating this community space. The main currency is your physical work and every participant pays only for food, which is £45 per week to cover the costs of Katherine cooking our evening meals. This is also your deposit to book a place.

If you would like to apply, please click this link.

What others have said about their Build Camp experience…

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, 2016 Build Camp volunteer

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.

Matt, 2016 Build Camp volunteer

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.

Boycee, 2016 Build Camp volunteer
A Wholewood community build camp roundhouse

Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods

About the author

Adrian Leaman of Wholewoods helped Ben Law to build his Woodland House in 2002, and since then has been roundwood timber framing, particularly reciprocal roof roundhouse building, and sharing woodland and woodcraft skills with people from all walks of life. He is a Forest School Leader and works with adults and teenagers on educational projects.