During the summer we often have people who work on the farm or building in exchange for board and lodging. They are frequently foreign students wishing to improve their English, some have become long-term friends of the community. We welcome volunteers and members of the WWOOF (Worldwide Opportunities on Organic Farms) organisation each year from April until the end of October. We limit stays to two weeks to allow as many people as possible to experience Old Hall and also we feel that a shorter period does not provide enough time for us all to get to know each other. There is a limit to the number of volunteers we can accommodate at any one time and so please do not be disappointed if we cannot fit you in at precisely the time you want to come. There is space for up to six wwoofers at any one two week period from 1st April until the end of October. We provide meals and accommodation in return for your help of thirty hours per week working in the gardens, or on the farmland, or with the animals or sometimes on our building and decorating projects – depending on your skills, the time of year and the activities we are engaged in. You will work alongside members of the community and alongside other volunteers in a relaxed atmosphere. On your time off you can go for walks in the beautiful Constable countryside around us. There are regular trains to London from the local railway station and buses serve the nearby historic towns of Colchester and Ipswich. Email The Volunteers Secretary for more information on volunteering.

To find out about volunteering: oldhallvolunteers@gmail.com