Working Party


Keeping the orchard tidy is a full-on task in itself which demands nearly all of our free time here at the cottage. If we aren't planting or tending to the plants or trees or hedgerows, we're in the polytunnel managing our crops.

But, we also want to ensure that the orchard creates a natural habitat for wild life as well as looking well kept and well managed for those who pass by.

Some of the stone walls in Cornwall (generally) are said to be up to 1000 years old but over time, and with the help of the strong winds we get here, and vegetation that takes root at will, the walls sometimes need some care and attention to ensure they are still doing their intended job.

But, we also have to chop back branches, continue with our commitment to reintroduce indigenous Cornish apple and fruit trees and generally maintain the polytunnel too. It’s back breaking work for 2 people, all year round and so we are inviting applicants to join us each summer for a 2 night stay in our luxury bell tent which will be erected for 28 days or less in the orchard.

In return for committing to join us, we’ll teach you how to undertake various tasks, from planting out, maintenance and wall (re)building. We’ll also give you 2 nights free stay in our bell tent, and all your meals and drinks will be provided free of charge. If you wanted to explore the area after your 2 day stay, we will also offer reduced price extended stays in the bell tent.

What you will get and what we are looking for: As well as a stay under canvas in the orchard, you’ll have free parking, free food and drink including breakfast, lunch and evening meal. There may be a beer or two and complimentary wine also. We have a wood fired hot tub which will yours to exclusively use each day and also electrical points for phone and device charging etc.

The work may be fairly demanding and will probably involve around 6 hours each of the 2 days of physical effort. So, we are looking for fit, able and enthusiastic couples to apply. You’ll need to bring old clothes, sturdy boots and a sense of humour as we can have 4 seasons in a day here (though these working parties will only be for a short period during what is normally the most settled period of summer).

If this interests you and you fancy helping us make a difference to the environment in which we live and helping with our continued restoration efforts, please register your interest below, giving the names and ages of each couple. We regret that we can not accommodate parties of more than 2, kids under 18 or pets.


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