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Volunteers' Stories

From IVS, the International Voluntary Service

Founded in 1931, IVS is a non-profit organisation that promotes peace and social justice through volunteering.

This article series will bring you stories from their volunteers about their inspirational experiences helping local communities in the UK and around the world.

Grayhill Conservation Project
18th June - 19th July


The Grayhill project is based in a re-created medieval village near Chepstow in Monmouthshire. The village has been in the process of being restored and re-built by the host organisation (Grayhill Conservation and Interpretation Group) since the mid-1980s.  The camp lasts three weeks and will host a maximum of fifteen volunteers. The last week will be the Living History activity, which involves local schools. A variety of skills from dyeing wool to cooking, haymaking to charcoal burning will be shown.
As part of the Living History activity, around 50 volunteer experts in period costume will demonstrate life in the English countryside in 1599. Volunteers taking part will be supplied with period costume and work with a small group of English experts at one of the activities.
The work involves rebuilding roofs for an historical dairy and well house in oak timbers and stone slate. The main goal is to renovate the entire 15.1 acre (6.2 hectare) site to its late 16th and early 17th century condition. There are 30 fields in the 15 acres which have been returned to their historical land uses, hay meadows, pasture, woodland, arable, gardens and orchards.

Click here to view the details of the project on IVS' volunteering database


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