November Volunteer Workday

Our next volunteer workday will be Saturday 14th November, from 10am – about 4pm.

We will be continuing work on the Roundhouse: finishing walls with cob, cordwood and bottle bricks that were not completed last time, fitting sills and windows and perhaps looking at fitting the woodburner and the wooden floor too.

Light shining in through some of the bottles built into the walls on the last workday.

If you want to come along and help, please get in touch 🙂

We need to know numbers in advance to ensure we have enough space to work safely distanced. We are not currently having a bring and share lunch, so please bring your own picnic lunch and your own mug for tea.

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October Volunteer Workday – cordwood and cob!

Our next volunteer workday will be Saturday 17th October, from 10am – about 4pm.

We will be creating the next layer of walling for the roundhouse, using cordwood, cob and bottle bricks.

  • Roundhouse drystone stem walls
  • Roundhouse skylight

Above – pictures from our September workday, when we built the drystone stem walls

The aim is to take the walls to about waist height (though we may not get that far in one workday!). This will leave the structure open and airy, as suited to pandemic times, but provide enough shelter to be able to install the wooden floor.

Cordwood walls are created by stacking logs, much as you would in a logpile. You can get an idea of what it will look like in the pictures above, as some of the cordwood we will be using is already stacked in the background.

The logs will be held together with layers of cob, which we will be mixing on the day (bring gloves and wear wellies!). The cob also helps exclude draughts. We will also be adding “bottle bricks” to make funky patterns and let in light (here are some beautiful examples).

If you want to come along and help, please get in touch 🙂

We need to know numbers in advance to ensure we have enough space to work safely distanced. We are not currently having a bring and share lunch, so please bring your own picnic lunch and your own mug for tea.

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A Cosy Caravan Cwtch*

One successful set of Skills Share volunteer days completed and our tiny visitor caravan looks very snug under it’s new roof.

We had some lovely feedback from a volunteer, which sums up the event perfectly (see below). Watch this space for news of future Skill Shares!

* cwtch‘ (pronounced ‘kutch’, to rhyme with ‘butch’) is the Welsh for a cuddle or hug but can also refer to a cubbyhole or cupboard; a small space in which to store things safely; or a cosy corner in a pub!

What can I say???…..It was extremely enjoyable, I learnt several new skills (e.g. working with roofing tin, and rafter jointing) and used some new tools (e.g. the impact driver!). I now have the confidence to build larger structures and can offer to help with a wider range of building projects. 
Matt, you are fabulous!! I have really enjoyed working with you and am already looking forward to your next ‘Skills Share’ session.

A Satisfied Volunteer

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Eve’s Garden

A well known tenet of permaculture is ‘earth care/ people care/ fair share’

This means that  a) we need to look after our beloved planet and all its diversity, species and soil – b) look after our human inner and outer world needs, families, friends and relationships  c) make sure the exchange between the earth and her species and humans is a fair exchange (rather than the destructive, polluting and consumerist one that has got us to a global crisis)

Towards that purpose- I am delighted to announce Eve’s Garden is now a ‘people care/fair share’ resource created alongside the Trust.  Here you may take a guided mythological journey through  wounded places – with sensory experiences involving a snake, an apple, a trip to the Underworld, ancestral altar, firepit , a baptism pool and other mysteries…  

Fair share is achieved as Adam has tended the builders rubble soil so it is now well composted and fertile for the Golden roses of paradise to grow and blossom- alongside his polytunnel which is tenderly cared for.

Please see for the story, more information, photos and how to make contact if you would like to visit. 

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Learn Carpentry Volunteer Opportunity at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust

Matt Douglas will be building a roof over our tiny visitor caravan, using a timber frame structure roofed with tin sheets similar to the one in the photo above.

He has space for a couple of people to work with him, either for the joy of joining in or to learn more about carpentry, or both!

The dates he is working are below, you are welcome to join him for some or all of the days. Please get in touch if you are interested.

Sunday 6th September and Monday 7th September, 
Wednesday 9th September and Thursday 10th September.

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September Volunteer Workday at the Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust

An unusual woodburner awaiting restoration and installation in the Roundhouse
An unusual woodburner awaiting restoration and installation in the Roundhouse

Following a long pause due to Covid 19, we are pleased to let you know that workdays at the Trust are resuming. Our next work day will be on Sunday 20th September, from 10am- about 4pm

We will be working on the Roundhouse. Richard Sylvan is coming along to show us how to build the dry-stone layer that will make up the bottom of the walls. He will be installing the skylight whilst we build. We will also be looking at the placement of windows, doors and other objects in the walls to help us plan our next moves.

All are welcome to come along. There are a couple of changes to note:

  • Please tell us if you intend to come, so we can ensure we have enough space for the expected numbers.
  • We are not currently having a bring and share lunch, so please bring your own picnic lunch and your own mug for tea.

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Roundhouse Walling Wish List

Green grassy roof…and look at the lovely stack of reclaimed maple gym floor waiting to be fitted!

The coming spring is greening up the roundhouse roof beautifully. But we need walls…

Ahead of the next stage of the roundhouse build, we are looking for some natural / reclaimed materials. Below is our wish list – let us know if you have any of the below, or can point us in the direction of someone who does.

The Wish List


We have plenty of mud right now…but the Trust land is not naturally abundant in clay. We need about half a 1 tonne builders bag to mix with our subsoil to make cob. Let us know if you have a corner where you wouldn’t mind us sourcing some from, or have recently dug a pond and have a pile ready to be taken away.

Second hand windows

We’re looking for up to 3 large and 3 small double glazed windows to fit into the roundhouse, ideally with wooden frames.

Willing Wall Builders

Do you want to come and help build the walls, or know someone who might? The Roundhouse Wall Building workshop will be happening at the end of April, covering techniques such as cob and walling with straw bales, bottle bricks and cordwood. The workshops we ran last year were a lot of fun, and informative too. This one promises to be just as good.

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Spring Workdays / Diwrnodau Gwaith y Gwanwyn

Join us for monthly volunteer workdays at Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust. Ymunwch â ni ar gyfer ein diwrnodau gwaith gwirfoddol misol yn Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust.

Our Spring Workdays will be on Sunday 8th March and Sunday 19th April.

Bydd ein Diwrnodau Gwaith y Gwanwyn ar ddydd Sul 8fed Mawrth a dydd Sul 19eg Ebrill.

On Sunday 8th March we will be building a roof over the top of the volunteer caravan to keep it a warm and dry. Timber for the uprights will be sourced from the farm.

On Sunday 19th April we will be completing work on the kitchen in the Trust barn.

Over the last year we have been refitting the kitchen, lining and insulating the room and fitting a woodburner to make it into a cosy space for eating and hanging out on workdays, courses and camps.

Led by Matt Douglas, we will completing the work be lining and insulating the ceiling.

Ddydd Sul 8fed Mawrth byddwn yn adeiladu to dros ben y garafán wirfoddol i’w gadw’n gynnes ac yn sych. Bydd pren ar gyfer yr esgyniadau yn dod o’r fferm.

Ddydd Sul 19eg Ebrill byddwn yn cwblhau gwaith ar y gegin yn ysgubor yr Ymddiriedolaeth.

Dros y flwyddyn ddiwethaf rydym wedi bod yn adnewyddu’r gegin, yn leinio ac yn inswleiddio’r ystafell ac yn gosod llosgwr coed i’w gwneud yn lle clyd ar gyfer bwyta a chymdeithasu ar ddiwrnodau gwaith, cyrsiau a gwersylloedd.

Dan arweiniad Matt Douglas, byddwn yn cwblhau’r gwaith gan leinio ac inswleiddio’r nenfwd.

All welcome! If you would like to join us please get in touch to let me know that you are coming. We look forward to seeing you.

Croeso cynnes i bawb! Os hoffech chi ymuno â ni, cysylltwch â ni. Rydym yn edrych ymlaen at gwrdd â chi.

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Roundhouse Building Workshop – Part Three, The Walls!

Roundhouse Building Workshop – Part Three, The Walls!

Saturday 25th April – Wednesday 29th April

This workshop has been postponed.

Please get in touch if you are interested in coming and we will let you know when a new date is set.

Last summer we built a lovely roundhouse with a reciprocal turfed roof. The photo gallery at the bottom of this post shows some pictures from the two building workshops and the roofing weekend.

Now we’re ready for the next stage. Filling in the walls!

Come and join us for an enjoyable week-long walling workshop. Learn about sustainable walling techniques using a mix of local, natural or reclaimed materials . Techniques we will be using include:

Cob, Bottle Bricks, Cordwood, Dry Stone Walling and Strawbale

This workshop is part grant funded, so is available at the bargain price of £100 per week! The workshop fee includes:

* 5 days of tuition and fun
* Self service breakfast
* Two course lunch and evening meal from the kitchen of the talented Veganishmum
* On site camping
(Don’t want to camp? Very local b& b accommodation available for small additional cost.)

Arrivals ready for the workshop are from afternoon / evening of Friday 24th, departures will be on Thursday 30th April. The workshop will run on 25th – 29th April and full catering is available on those days.

For more information and to book contact us or book online (right)

07813 464990 / 01559 371485

Dyfed Permaculture Farm Trust
Drefach Felindre
SA44 5HG

Roundhouse Building Workshop Three
Roundhouse Building Workshop Three

Can’t make it all? We would like most people to commit to the whole week; and this is definitely the way to get the most benefit and enjoyment! However, we can accept a small number of part week bookings. Get in touch for more information.

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Workday 9th Feb Cancelled

Due to rather wild and stormy weather, we are cancelling today’s volunteer workday. It’s a much better day to stay home warm and cosy!

Look out for future workday dates coming soon

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