The land we have is for sharing. Time for people to gather, not only bring together people to share the work and care for the land, but also pass on knowledge so that we can keep ancient wisdom ripe and fresh in our community. It’s also about celebrating and sharing the harvest – in the past our ancestors would have enjoyed festivals and seasonal celebrations as a welcome break following working on the land. We embrace this with: Volunteering on the LandHand Scheme, Gatherings and Workbee days, Freeskilling and Community based work.
The Land Hand Scheme
Many people camping at WildGuernsey, as well as people who live on Guernsey, want to learn about what we are doing and projects with similar ethics to ours (http://www.permaculture.org.uk/knowledge-base/ethics). It’s not just us! We’ve asked other projects/businesses that reflect our ethics to be hosts so that visitors and locals can get a flavour of what’s happening in the Guernsey community around sustainable living. Working side-by-side will allow for information to be shared and also offers time to take in the personal perspective, philosophy and passion of those involved, often leading to thought provoking banter! The idea is similar to our ‘WorkBee days’ when ‘Friends of WildGuernsey’ get together to share tasks to lessen the load, often leading to shared meals, produce and a feeling of community amongst like-minded people.
This is how it works:
- If you are staying on the land then please tick on your booking form that you want to join in.
- If you are local and not staying on the land then email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07781 122420
I will send you a choice of hosts to volunteer with, contact details for each. You then contact them directly (24 hrs is asked for in order for us to plan a little) to arrange to help out. Each place will try to offer choice, unless particular work is a priority then all hands muck in! Time can be offered for 1 hr, 2hr, half a day or a full day. Please make clear any particular needs/preference of work type/requirements when arranging with the host.
As well as us, so far (just launched jan 2012) we have on our Host list:
- Guernsey Organics – growing veg for veggie boxes. Owned by Fiona who grows inside a greenhouse and outside, all year round. Green manures, salad leaves, root veg….
- The Community Garden at delancy Park – a new project designed on Permaculture principles for a group of students to grow veg, pick fruit and enjoy working outside. Apple guilds, raised beds, herb spiral feature in the elements of this design.
Gatherings and workbee days
These are open to ‘Friends of Wild Guernsey’ and will be held around key dates in the Celtic calendar for Gathering or at times when work is needed on the land. Workbee days may include for example collecting seaweed or harvesting sloes.
Free Skilling Workshops
Skills are shared without money being exchanged, led by those in the community keen to pass on what they know. We will learn through doing with patience teaching us e.g. weaving, baking bread, knitting. Pot luck food (everyone brings something) to share and allowed to evolve to suit the people learning.
Community based work
Pouquelaie Vinery is a place for those involved with community services such as The Probation Service, volunteers and work groups from companies able to give their time and skill. Projects that have received community service help so far have been path and step building, bank restoration, planting wild seeds, preparing the edible pond, spreading seaweed and weaving the live willow windbreak. A big thanks to them for their time and company.
Tara is undertaking her Diploma in Permaculture and having completed her Teaching Permaculture course with DesignedVisions, she offers Design work for other environmental and community projects. Aswell as at WildGuernsey, one of her designs will be able to be seen at Delancy Park where an area of land has been designed for students of The College of Further Education to use, plus include the local and wider community. Plans are now passed and work begins to gather people to join the team.