Apple Picking and Pressing at Applewood


8th - 12th October 2019


Chris Evans 
Looby Macnamara


5 day residential volunteer week. Arrive after 10am on 8th October, leave by 1pm on 12th October

Apple Picking and Pressing Volunteer Week Description

We are pleased to announce that our annual Apple Picking and Pressing volunteer week will be from the 8th October to the 12th October.  This week gives us a chance to share our beautiful home with friends, previous visitors and people interested to see what we do, whilst getting on with the important job of getting our apple and pear harvest in and processing it, along with any autumnal maintenance jobs needing to be done, which we need your help with.

Come and enjoy hanging out at Applewood for as many days as you like, nothing to do but pick apples (and pears) ready and do juicing on the Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Come and join in - accommodation available overnight if needed, bring food to share. Lots of (last year's) cider & juice to drink & take home! This event will be family friendly.

We have limited places, so If you would like to come please contact Emma at .

Applewood Permaculture Centre is a 20 acre smallholding. Looby and Chris are lucky to have this as their family home since July 2016, with their 2 daughters, as well as a training centre. There are various teaching spaces, from heated yurt and barn space to outdoor marquee and open air. There are many diverse habitats here already; we have woodland, orchard, pasture, pool and gardens. Applewood is a tranquil sanctuary for wildlife and people alike. We are blessed with night times filled with owl hoots and immense starry skies that you’ll get to enjoy round an outside fire.

Our volunteer week is open to anyone who would like to come and help us with our harvesting, maintenance and improvement jobs on our land. You don't need to be highly skilled in practical jobs and we do want lots of enthusiasm and willingness to learn new skills. As well as some construction projects, we will also be gardening and making food to share, so there will be many ways to join in to accommodate all abilities.

We are very happy for families to come along and take part in the work week. Both our children Teya and Shanti have always joined in when they can. We ask that each person over 18 completes the booking form and you can add any under 18's to your own form. You will of course be responsible for your children at all times.

We want to make our events accessible for people with different mobility needs and this is currently quite challenging because of the steepness of many areas on the land. However we are willing to work with people to try and find solutions so please do get in contact to discuss options.

Working here at Applewood, helping to create and maintain this land and space for leaning and personal transformation, is both fun and fulfilling. Looby and Chris are such caring and grateful hosts, it's a real pleasure to help them.



There is no charge for camping; there are limited spaces in dormitory accommodation if you’re not able to camp - please let us know.

Booking in advance is essential.

All the food will be vegetarian, with vegan and wheat free options.  We will share the preparation of food and washing up between us all. We will be providing some basic ingredients for meals and we are happy to receive any surplus produce from your gardens.


Arrivals are from after 10 am on the 8th October and departures by 1 pm on the 12th October.

On the evening of the 11th our last full day together we will have a celebration.

You can come for the whole time or just a couple of days.


There is no charge to come to the Volunteer Week. We do ask for a refundable deposit of £10 to secure your place.


For enquiries and booking please contact:

Email Emma

or call 07786262864

Postcode is SY8 4JG - Orleton Common (more details provided on booking)

Nearest train stations are Ludlow or Leominster

Facilitators & Venue

Chris lives at Applewood with his partner Looby and children Shanti and Teya. He has taught permaculture in the UK, Europe, Nepal, India, U.S.A. and Mexico. He is also a UK assessment level tutor for apprentices working towards their diploma in applied permaculture design with the Permaculture Association Britain.

As well as time spent at Applewood hosting and teaching courses and gardening on the land here, Looby leads a productive career as a pioneer of permaculture and Cultural Emergnece. Looby is author of People and Permaculture, 7 Ways to Think Differently and Strands of Infinity. People and Permaculture Is the first book globally to translate the use of permaculture principles and design for people based systems, widening the definition of permaculture and making it relevant and accessible to all. She is creator of the Design Web, a holistic design framework that has been used thousands of times globally for all sorts of personal and social designs.

Looby has been chair of the Permaculture Association Britain and is a senior diploma tutor.

The Venue
Applewood is a 20 acre smallholding, Waterloo Farm, recently acquired in the beautiful hills of North Herefordshire. Here, the owners, Designed Visions partners Chris Evans and Looby Macnamara, are developing a  permaculture demonstration and training centre. We feel that with permaculture, you need to see it to believe it, and then need to be able to learn it, and then acquire the resources (seeds, plants, books, friends and networks) to do it! The site includes woods, pasture, a lake, kitchen garden and an orchard of heritage apples. A converted barn and outbuildings provide indoor accommodation and the grounds a peaceful campsite.

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