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Seeking land/Land based Community

Seeking land anywhere in the UK which I can live on and set up agroforestry project and veg box scheme.
Advice on where to start would be greatly appreciated.
And any one with a exisiting land based community please contact me.I am exprienced in growing from allotments,Wwoofing,Guerrilla Gardening and forest gardening too.
Thanks!

message posted by Chris Tomlinson
Would "YOU " like to come and live in Bulgaria ?

Hiya everyone..........
I'm Annette, and my Husband is Chris...
As the title Suggests.. Would you like to come and live in Bulgaria ?
for those of you that dont know Bulgaria, let me tell you, its a lovely little Country that borders Greece and Turkey to the south ( Istanbul is only a five hour drive away from our location ) and. The Bulgarians.... well, they are the most nicest people I have ever met... they really are. OK... have I got your attention ? hope so. Over here we get in the region of 300 days of Sunshine each year.. even today (February the 10th ) its so lovely out.. i'm down to wearing just a tee shirt, .Anyway.if you would like to come and live here. and have a maximum of 10.000 Pounds.. tops.
you can buy a lovely house here with lots of land to keep animals....
( I currently have 4 horses,....15 Ducks....10 chickens ....2 Rabbits... 3 dogs and 4 cats. )
Now... your house here wouldnt cost 10.000 pounds.. no where near it in fact.. but it would have to be brought up to English standards, and thats where my husband Chris comes in.
Our house.. needed a awful lot of work to begin with
but now.... its my palace.
and he ( Chris ) has asked me to tell you.... he can put in a proper English Bathroom with a sit down Toilet ( got to have one of those, havent we girls.)
and a nice fitted kitchen, with nice cabinets and things that we all need, together with double glazed.windows

The cost of living here in Bulgaria ?... you will be amazed, to start with... the road tax per year is 97 Bulgarian Lev ( 42 pounds a year ) Our Property tax per year is 57 Lev ( 25 pounds ) and thats with 2 acres of land. plus..there is no T.V. license fee here either.
and...Every 4 weeks, when his pension arrives from England, we drive to the city and do out Monthly shop..
we did this last Friday ( February the 7th ) and we filled up 2 shopping carts to overflowing ( we dont skimp ) and the total bill at the check out was 390 Bulgarian Lev ( 170 Pounds ) and thats for a month.....

So, are you interested ? if you are.... please drop us a line, and I'll give you more information if you want it....

OK ... going to get some sun....
bye for now.
Annette and Chris Bulgaria.
oops... heres a important update.......
I've received several messages from people asking about the 10.000 pounds that I mentioned in my message....
so.. please let me explain, the cost of your house would be approximately 5000 pounds, and the other 5000 pounds would be for all the remodelling, appliances and double glazed windows. ...hope that makes things a little more clear and sorry for any misunderstanding. x

message posted by Annette and Chris
Permagricole, Near Bordeaux, France

PERMACULTURE PROJECT OPPORTUNITY
Want to live & work on an organic farm in France? We're looking for people to join our community!
• Long-term use of our farm land and buildings for your project / enterprise.
• In return, varied hands-on work / help to support our evolving permaculture project.
• Accommodation and shared organic meals.
• A long term communal living arrangement.
Permagricole - About Us
'Permagricole' is a Permaculture project situated on our farm in South West France, 45 minutes North of Bordeaux. We bought the 100-acre site, a former distillery, with the intention of starting a working farm using the principals of agroforestry. We're growing trees amongst our perennials and annuals and raising animals in a symbiotic system. The farm now consists of a grove of young walnut trees, a vast vegetable plot, a lake, two streams and expansive meadowland. We've converted half of the distillery building, the other half remains vacant. We're in the process of building lakeside eco-accommodation and a natural swimming pool. We're now inviting others to join our community and help on the farm.
Skills we’re looking for
• Builders, eco-builders, carpenters, painters,
• Farmers, growers, gardeners, beekeepers, animal husbandry,
• Designers, PDC graduates, landscapers,
• Innovators, clean energy experts, potters, yoga teachers, winemakers, distillers, cheesemakers
• Housekeepers, cooks, cleaners
Permagricole - The Future
Develop the Organic Farm - We're planting a further 500 trees in the next six months and introducing new perennial crops to the fields (vines, asparagus, pear, plum, elder, hazlenut, etc.) Next year we plan to start selling produce from our vegetable garden locally.
Nurture Sustainable Business - We're building lakeside eco accommodation and facilities to host retreats and courses (yoga, meditation, permaculture). In time we hope to also add a cafe, art studio and pottery studio to the site and to host workshops and events. We're also interested in wine and gin production.
Build The Community - For all of this to happen we need great people with energy and passion. People who share our dream and want to join this new community. We welcome people with ideas who want to develop their own projects and add new skills and directions to the community.
How to Apply
To register your interest or find out more please email Kath: kshortland@yahoo.co.uk
Don’t forget to tell us all about you and your interest in permaculture, what relevant skills you have and about any project or business you would like to start here.
Find us Online

https://www.facebook.com/permagricole/
https://www.instagram.com/permagricole/?hl=en

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Opportunities on an Organic Farm, Somerset

We are looking for people to join the farm with an interest in, and experience of organic farming, who need access to land to develop their own ideas.

Radford Mill Farm is a 112 acre farm managed organically since 1976. Currently about 90% of the land is grassland. We have a market garden enterprise utilising 6 large poly-tunnels and about 5 acres of land, an orchard and soft fruit field. We have chickens, turkeys, sheep and bees. There are also a number of arts/craft studios on site and we run a number of events including weddings and small music festivals.

We are offering options for people to build their own leasehold agricultural businesses using the land available within the overall scope of the farm and working alongside other established businesses onsite. We have a successful outlet for produce through our farm shop in Bristol.

In particular we have readily available options for:
Field work (fruit and vegetable);
Orchard, willow and other woodland projects.

Alternatively we would be interested in discussing any other agricultural or horticultural project you have in mind that requires organic land. Primarily this would be on a self-employed small business basis but there may be options for some salaried work - negotiable depending on experience.

Applicants may choose to live off-site but there is on-site accommodation available to rent - spacious rooms in a large farmhouse with shared living, cooking and washing facilities. There are also workshops available to rent.

Please note that these opportunities are only available for people with a knowledge of organic farming and regulation, with relevant training and experience and who are able to put together a credible business plan in their area of expertise.
Applicants should also be interested in living and working in a mutually supportive community of small businesses.

If you don’t have this experience but are still interested in working on an organic farm we regularly have WOOFF volunteers and some paid work for those with relevant skills, or for people with energy and enthusiasm who are willing to learn and work hard!

Please contact Liz Vickerie on 07765955692 or email Richard Fox richardrmf@hotmail.com

message posted by Liz Vickerie
Cabin,Off grid Cornish farm

Hi We have a small cabin available to anyone committed to a low carbon life.In return we would like some assistance on our small organic farm cows chickens veg etc.No experience required just a keenness to learn and to do your best .Thanks for reading

message posted by Paul Welch
Bungalow share on organic farm 2020

Available in 1 to 3 months; shared bungalow -own bedroom and bathroom ensuite (shower) separate tenancy, lovely organic farm near Stroud. preferably mature female. reasonable rent

contact: Holly on email: hollywell3@tutanota.com

message posted by Holly Barker
Great Accommodation, South Pembrokeshire

House share available for one or two persons in nice victorian house in small hamlet by estuary in south pembrokeshire. Use of whole house and productive organic garden overlooking the waterway.English as a Foreign Language tuition available as an option.Working studio in house also.No extra utility bills.State support is fine.£330 pcm fully inclusive.Thank you.Contact glyn james either via this site or direct on 07392060754 or oakapple5@yahoo.co.uk Thank you.

message posted by Glyn
Rural South West France

We have a large rural farmhouse in SW France which we are planning to develop as
a retreat/Creative space. There is a single or double room available at present for which we would ask £150 (dbl) per week. Very negotiable, depending on requirements and, or willingness to work in house/garden.
Facilities include Swimming pool/garden/ developing vegetable plot/workshop.
Flexible regarding time scale-either weeks or months.

message posted by gingerman
Living space available in rural Mayo, Ireland

I am looking for 1 or 2 people to share my house in rural Mayo, Ireland. I've been living there alone which is neither sustainable nor desirable. It would suit someone with a live-in vehicle (plenty of hardstanding) or someone who can build/erect a cabin, but there are also a couple of rooms in the house. We can work it out! I would love to live communally again. There is plenty of land to garden, keep bees, etc. Ideally, it would be great to start a living co-operative, but I have no capital and maybe you don't either, so let's just start with what we have! My landlord is absolutely lovely, very amenable and the house is on a quiet out-of-the-way road 6km from Ballyhaunis. Ballyhaunis is on the Dublin-Westport train route and the house is one hour by car from Galway, Sligo and Westport. Animal friends are very welcome, but no incessant barkers as I work from home as a sound/massage therapist. I am a 48 year old woman who has spent her life in eco-anarchist circles and other adventures. I am also open to moving back to UK, preferably Wales, if anyone else is looking for people to collaborate with...Please feel free to contact me for a chat on Whatsapp 00353892533874 or email me at silverworks@tutanota.com. Emily x

message posted by Emily B
Primal Homestead - Regenerative Farming Community

Newly forming co-housing and co-working community with 5 adult members.
Seeking suitable smallholding/farmstead in south Scotland preferably but open to other areas that fit our criteria.

Looking to initially rent to enable us to raise the full capital to purchase.

What we need:

Minimum 5 acres decent not too sloping land - ideally 10+ including some woodland or access to woodland.
Large dwelling with 5+ bedrooms, multi purpose outbuildings. Some members have physical limitations which need to be accounted for.

Space for yurts and other low impact structures. Ability to run retreats, workshops and courses year round.

Specialist residents in multiple skills; bushcraft, Permaculture, foraging, Viking re-enactment camps, holistic therapies.

We are seeking a fantastic landlord in no rush to sell but open to our plans to create a unique sanctuary to offer training, nurture and respite to others on their path to setting up other communities around the world over the coming years, drawing on our many offerings to assist them on their way forwards.

IS this you or do you know of anything that could be a possible fit?

message posted by Raven
Wanted:caravan parking or barn/yard/land to rent

Medically retired (59) from NHS emergency service and seeking small remote land area to rent for a small caravan in which i live full time.Ive no family or ties to speak of, just two cats for company.
Ideally a quiet remote plot of land or woodland or parking space on a family run farm -as I do now -
Or interested in renting a rural yard or barn /steading with yard or forest/woodland site or cottage if very cheap even if requires work to make habitable and im looking for longer term areange.

I currently work part time as a photographer and writer into off-grid technology and self sufficient remote living.

Ive worked in two very stressful careers dealing in trauma and seek solace and solitude.

I am ideally looking for somewhere in the western highlands or islands of Scotland(previously lived on Harris),but may consider other more remote rural locations of England or Wales also.

message posted by CristianoR
Seeking tenancy of a garden house, an annexe or a converted barn.

While staying in my home in The Netherlands, for as long as the pandemic lasts, I'm planning to travel overseas again, westwards. Springtime 2021 at the latest.
I've lived for almost 5 years in Britain. Since June 2018 I've lived in the S. East of Devon, as a caretaker/gardener in an old Georgian home.

I've worked in a market garden, as a volunteer. Working on the land is the kind of work I love to do 1 or 2 days a week. My wish is to live for the remains of my years, on the coast close to a harbor or beach. With organic farms nearby.
A tourism overdose with empty holiday homes, turning the village or town into sleeping mode isn't my cup of tea.

I've grown fond of the seaside while living with a coast all around, Brixham and Dartmouth were on comfortable distance, traveling by bus. I don't drive, but I've got an electric bike.

I'm on the lookout for an independent tenancy, on the coast of Sussex (South Downs) or the west coast of Ireland. A home for 1 person, with a garden for growing vegetables in a rural area, is welcome, as long as there's a road to ride my e-bike and a bus-connection to shops, etc. I'm making long bike rides now, in Holland and I do walk for hours as well.

The rent I can offer to pay is about 400 BP a month, all bills included. With housing benefit, the rent could be more. My offer to maintain the garden, if there's one, is an option in exchange for a lower rent. I do appreciate proper talk and honesty.

Coming July 1st I shall have received settlement status in Britain, with the right to receive housing benefit in tow. It's my intention to remain Dutch by passport and I receive my income from the Dutch government, as a retired woman of 69. My skills are gardening, garden maintenance, growing organic vegetables and flowers, crafting with wool, cooking, and making preserves. I know how to find food in the wild.

I've worked as a self-employed organic caterer, childminder, and nutritionist, now retired since Jan. 1st 2016. Writing, hiking, swimming, and singing are favorite pastimes for me, as well as spinning wool and dry-needle-felting.

I'm not in a hurry to move yet, for I'm in my home in Holland, probably for the remains of this year 2020. But please, when you've decided to rent out part of your property, for private tenancy, or your home, on a long-term basis, your email message is appreciated. Thank you!

message posted by Marian B.
Seeking Work / Exchange with contribution

Thank you for taking time to read my message.I am.a well traveled lady in her mid 50s. A contract Nanny and Holistic Therapist. Actively seeking to gain some community living experience..in preparation to looking for a long term option. Hard work conscientious. Worked onnexchanges in Switzerland and Mexico. As well as festivals..interested in tinny house living. Community living with own space. Pref alternative.happy to work with Animals. Children the house. Setting up retreats. Helping with Glamping. Last year spent the summer as a campsite warden on a wild campsite..open to interesting ideas.lolove sharing skills and learning new ones. So look forward to hearing from you.

message posted by Amanda
Open for new community member(s)

Don't want to pay rent in cash but have lots of energy for rewarding hard work? This might be the place for you. We are on a lovely old farm in the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in East Sussex, surrounded by 10,000ha of common land. For miles around all we can see is woods and heathland. A couple of miles away is a thriving village widely known as a centre of alternative lifestyles and ecological activities. Our small community is open to a new couple or individual who will have lovely private accomodation, and will be part of the community, with use of extensive gardens, swimming pool, hot tub, sauna, woodlands, farmyard etc. There will be no rent to pay. Instead, the contribution will be in the form of some hours of work to be agreed in advance depending on skillsets of the applicant, but will include some (or al)l of the very wide range of activities: garden work, looking after animals (pigs, chickens, bees plus potentially adding more to the smallholding), ecological woodland management, DIY, building / maintenance, childcare / home ed. Current household consists of a family of 4 with two young children, a professional musician / music teacher, a professional forager & foraging trainer, a Woofer, a trainee school teacher, an environmental campaigner, an author. We all lead our busy private lives alongside each other, and come together for some shared activities, cooking etc.

message posted by Tristram
Calling Van Dwellers in Portugal

Looking for short term & long term volunteers who can park up or pitch up and help us in return for food and a place to stay awhile.
We have recently taken over at a Permaculture Project and are creating a Food Forest, which is one of many jobs we need help with.
We have 5 Chickens, 2 Guinea Fowl, 12 ducks, 6 quail, 4 cats and a dog.
We welcome singles, couples and families with or without animals. All animals must be cool with other animals as all ours free range across the hectacre site. This is nestled in a valley and is a mix of forest and field with a river on one side and forest on the other.
It's completely off grid here with a compost toilet and solar power. Our water is what's collected from the rain and river. There's a water point 1/4 mile down the track.
We are aiming for zero waste and could do with volunteers with a creative streak to help with getting that under control and making art.
Help with animals also could be helpful.
We really could do with eco builders and carpenters as we want to fix the reciprocal building up and rebuild the ruin.
Green fingered folk would be happy enough with over half the site being turned into food forest, a herb garden and veg patch are being developed.
Fencers and general help needed to get up perimeter fencing and manage the land as previous owners hadn't been able to do that.
So if your passing of fancy taking us up onthe offer, drop us a message because we are 2 people and we would love another set of hands or more to make some headway.
We have a website www.ahimsafoodforest.org YouTube AhimsaFoodForest a Facebook Ahimsa food forest and permaculture project and an Instagram AhimsaFoodForest plus we are on Google maps Inc reviews from previous volunteers over last 6 months.
So come have a go at living off grid and learning permaculture if you feel called. Likewise if you got skills then contact us too.
Our main aim is to create a sustainable community intergrating people with a similar vision to help mother earth by reconnecting with our natural selves through nature.

message posted by Em McGowann
Looking for land

Who wants to give up a minimum of 3.000 m2 of land in Southern Spain or Southern Portugal? In exchange I can help with growing vegetables, building off grid power systems and eco building

message posted by visionearth
Alternative Living - Photography Project

Hi everyone,

I am a photographer based in the UK an I am looking for people who would like to take part in my project over the year.

I am wanting photograph a number of people living alternatively. This can be anything from living in vans, boats, shipping containers, tiny houses, yurts, tipis, communities... You get the idea.

if you would like more information or are interested in taking part please contact
via my website www.klbphotography.co.uk

Thanks :)

message posted by kayb
Flexible House/Land Sitters needed with Off-Grid Living Experience! SPAIN.

Hi all, we are seeking the right people (couple would be best) to clean up, care for and love our beautiful and beloved off-grid home and sustainability project in the Catalonian Mountains until we sell. As we are both working overseas at the moment, we would highly value reliable and trustworthy people with the right skills to stay in and care for the land until the new owners move in. About you: you have off-grid/farm/rural living experience, resilience, respect, great communication skills, integrity, value honesty and accountability, you’re not afraid of getting your hands dirty, and have an eye for making and keeping beautiful spaces. Handyman/woman with permaculture knowledge, solar power set up, power tools and plumbing experience highly preferred, familiar with Spanish is a bonus. We are looking for people with a ‘can do’ attitude who will keep in communication with us about the state of the land and will contribute to weeding/strimming/land and space clearing and overall living in, looking after and loving the property so it is ready for the next people. Time frame could be anywhere from a month to a year. Flexibility Needed. If you are seriously interested and feel you would be a good fit please message me for further details. I will be requiring a police check and references of reliability. Hoping to hear from you soon! Thank you and blessed 2020!

message posted by rawrandwild
Community dreamer, looking for new digs..

Ideally an independent living space within a community no rooms please, unless they have their own kitchens/bathrooms etc.. - Affordable rent, long term space required to be nurtured & loved as a forever home, a place to set down roots & assist in becoming more sustainable. A genuine requirement is it must be reasonably flat ground, I have a camper van so happy if the drive up is steep although must be accessible around the property as I have some mobility issues/ injuries. I can manage steps, although not rough terrains at this present time. Location- preferably close to a natural swimming hole or beach. Willing to look at most areas that are rural or semi rural 100 % no towns & must be in nature. I currently reside in Brighton although city living no longer serves my lifestyle. I maintain a fine home, have a adult son who will stay in Sussex, I do not own property so it is time I flew the nest. I have growing ability, possess a good nature & do my best by all beings. I do not mind what your preference is in life as long as you share a respect in other peoples choices. I have a range of skill sets, vegetarian, gentle earth dweller. I would welcome the isolation as well as a community. If you would like to know more please message or call 07773736404 Thank you D&D for a space on your notice board, I am grateful to you.. Be well Dawn xxx

message posted by Dawn76
Co-Habiting Opportunity

Hello,
We would love to attract an optimistic person, who is happy to eat a plant-based diet, to share our beautiful home in Ompton, Nottinghamshire (NG22 0AU). We are open to either a rental agreement, or investment in the property for a communal share. Also open to consider couples.
We are a 40's something couple, who love the outdoors and simple living - with an active interest in developing self-consciousness (by practising yoga and meditation). Our long term dream is to live as part of a community.
If you are interested, please call Kerry on 07779 030102.

message posted by Kerry and Tom
Downstairs apartment to rent in Attiki,Greece.

We have a house at Schinos near loutraki and Corinthos,Greece in a small village set in a valley with stunning mountains and next to the sea.Its the downstairs open plan apartment of 90 meters with its back door leading into a lovely garden.A very relaxing quiet place to be with mountain water,fresh healthy food,a place for a writer or artist or someone needing to totally chill out after stress or illness.Rental of a car would be good as public transport is very limited there or one big hit at the food stores on the way in by taxi.The area on line is described as...an area of outstanding beauty..there is a sea-fed lake near loutraki which is stunning for swimming and an ancient site.Someone who needs to destress or a couple wanting to get away from it all for a while for the summer or a few momths,a month.Its one half hour by road from Athens airport,not too much travelling but another world from Athens.rent negociable,its not a touristy place,mostly greeks in cottage homes so no discos,nothing crazy, a few tavernas,a small supermarket,petrol station,a few cafes with wifi but the views are outstanding. phone..00302105986295 or..6938476781

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Very experienced Multi Skilled Estate Handyman, Gardener, Chauffeur, Large Vehicle Driver and very decent van dweller seeks handyman or gardening work on an estate plus a peaceful place to park overnight in Central England/Wales/Midlands area..

Favour for a parking spot would be returned by me in the form of weekly garden maintenance or building maintenance work on your home or estate. I'm ideally looking for paid work on a estate too. I'm a quality, experienced, very capable multi skilled maintenance man with good references who is presently searching for a new multi skilled handyman/gardener/driver job ideally on a single estate in the Central England/Wales or in or around the Midlands area of the U.K. I have been employed in many multi skilled, technical building and gardening, grounds maintenance and construction positions at various places in the past including large hotels, schools, country etates and other establishments. I'm a decent, respectable, well spoken, hard working, fifty year old, presently single, peace loving, alternative minded van dweller who has an eye for detail and completes jobs correctly. I love nature, wildlife, camping, living off grid and being outdoors. I'm fit and healthy and I don't take drugs. I'm not very materialistic and I choose to live a simple, cheap, green and very legal life living in my standard sized Ford Transit van. I am looking for a safe and peaceful place to park on evenings and weekends. I would be very open to renting out a large garage or secure shed too if you have one for let in order to store my things. I would be happy to act as a watchman while on your land or provide occasional company for an old person or for any woman who lives alone and who would like to feel more protected or less lonely. My van is taxed, insured and roadworthy. All I would need would be: access to an external cold water supply, access to a washing machine once a week, a bin,tumble drier and or clothes line. I would be very happy to shower outside behind a screen at the rear of my van using my own low voltage hot power shower system so I would need no access to any house other than for letter collection that is if you were happy for me to use your address as a care of address for my post. Very occasionally I may need a 240 volt connection but I do have solar panels and extra batteries on board my van so this would be very rare. I would be happy keeping myself to myself (if preferred) parked up in a quiet corner of a field or in someone’s country garden or estate where there is access to the road. I own a new high quality Balmoral lawnmower which gives perfect stripes on quality lawns plus other garden equipment and many other tools so I would be happy to negotiate a weekly payment or number of hours of work to pay for my nightly parking spot. I'm a country loving man who does not enjoy crowded town and city areas and I am fed up of parking over night in laybys on noisy main roads or in busy places in the city. I would also be open and willing to integrate with a group of nice peace loving, alternative minded people on a nature biased commune set up somewhere in the central England/Wales/Midlands area if I can find one.

If you are looking for a handyman and gardener and if you are based in or near the areas mentioned then please get in touch! I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Gram.

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