Monkton Wyld Court is a Centre for Sustainability run by a resident community with the help of short- and longer-term volunteers. Community members have full-time jobs in the community in exchange for lodgings, food and a small stipend. As a registered educational charity, we offer education in sustainability through the learning, experience and practice of practical skills and community living. We strive to maximise the productivity and the social benefits of our land and other resources, in a low-impact way. We generate income through a varied programme of educational courses, family activity holidays, venue hire and B&B/ hostel accommodation. The Court itself is a Victorian rectory which is used for guest accommodation; community members live in a variety of dwellings including a strawbale house, yurts, a cladded caravan and the old stable block. Our grounds include an organically managed walled kitchen garden, fruit garden, small working farm, terraced lawns, woods, pasture and a stream. Volunteers work in our fruit and vegetable gardens, the kitchen, house, grounds and woodshed in return for food, lodging and a taste of communal living. The kitchen is vegetarian; we grow vegetables, fruit and our organic dairy produces milk, yogurt, butter and cheese. Vegan and other diets are provided for. Most cooking and heating is wood-fuelled. Volunteers should be aware that some of the work is physically demanding. Facilities such as a well-stocked library, film projector and even a small “pub” are available for evenings after work. Please visit our website for further information.
Monkton Wyld Court