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Dive into a fossil-fuel free bubble

The West Country’s best-kept secret: a fossil-fuel free bubble. Join us at Tinkers Bubble.

13-18 April

Fully booked

We’re over the moon that there is so much interest! There are still loads of ways to get involved:

  • Sign up to the waiting list – it’s quite possible that places will become available for this event.
  • Tinkers Bubble are running forestry events on 11-12 February and 10-16 March, if you would like to focus on forestry
  • Watch this space – we will launch more trips soon, you haven’t missed out!
  • email us at wwolf AT riseup DOT net with any feedback or questions, and to register your interest for future trips and for exclusive updates on what’s in the pipeline. Tell us what you want to see!

Tinkers Bubble, a fossil fuel free community which manages 40 acres in rural Somerset, would like to invite Reclaim the Fields to our site for 5 days of hard graft and cider! It should be a good opportunity to check out what we do, meet the Bubble-ites, and help us to get a good start to next years growing season.

As it’ll be in the spring we’ll most likely be working mostly in the gardens, with one volunteer staying behind at the settlement to help with cooking each day. Volunteers normally work about 6 hours a day. We have indoor, heated dormitory space for guests to stay in, and try to cater for all diets. Please be aware that we are not a vegan community, although some of use are vegans.

And here’s a little bit about us from our Diggers and Dreamers entry:

Tinkers Bubble is a small woodland community which uses environmentally sound methods of working the land without fossil fuels.

We have planning permission for self-built houses on the condition that we make a living from the land. We make our monetary incomes mainly through forestry, apple work, & gardening. As a result we’re money poor but otherwise rich! We manage about 28 acres of douglas fir, larch, and mixed broadleaf woodland using horses, two person saws, and a wood-fired steam-powered sawmill. Our pastures, orchards, and gardens are organically certified, and no-dig methods are commonly used. We press apple juice for sale, grow most of our own vegetables, keep chickens and bees, and sell our produce at farmers markets. We make loads of jam, chutney, pickles, cider, and wine.

We have solar powered 12v electricity, spring water on tap, and use compost toilets. We burn wood for cooking, heating, and for hot water in the bathouse. We eat little meat (mostly game), and try to cater for all diets. We’re currently a group of 9 adults, spanning a wide age range. Though some of us would consider ourselves to be spiritual, we have no shared spirituality. Most people wash their clothes by hand. Life is lived mostly outdoors, so it’s cold in the winter, but we live on the top of a steep hill, so there’s plenty of chances to get warm! There’s loads of wildlife on site, particularly badgers, deer, & ticks!

Bring a torch, warm clothes, and practical footwear. We have a guest house with a wood burner, but long-johns are still a must in winter. See you soon!

Fully booked

Booking is essential. To go onto the waiting list, call us at 01935 881975. We’re over the moon that there is so much interest; we’ll set up more opportunities soon. Contact us at teamwwoof AT gmail DOT com if you have any feedback.

Getting Here

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Our address is:

Tinkers Bubble
Little Norton
Norton-sub-Hamdon
South Somerset
TA14 6TE

Here are some directions:

Get the train/coach to Yeovil, and then get a bus to Norton-sub-Hamdon. Trains will either take you to Yeovil Pen Mill Train Station (which is about a mile from the Bus Station) or Yeovil Junction Train Station (which is about 2 miles walk, without a footpath, from the Bus Station). If walking, ask for directions to the bus station, or there is a bus service running from Yeovil Junction to Yeovil Bus Station if you don’t want to walk it.

From Yeovil bus station, take the number 81 bus from Yeovil to Norton Sub Hamdon.  Walk on in the same direction as the bus carries on, and turn left at the post office.  Follow the the road past the Lord Nelson, up the hill, and turn left at the top (Greenham Cross).

Follow the road down the hill, and turn right at the dead end sign, before the road goes back up the hill.  Ignore the first turning on the right, signed “Bagnell Farm”. Our car park is on the left just beyond the “Bagnell Farm” turning.  Head up the hill and into the conifer tree plantation. You’ll find us in there if you carry on up the hill far enough!

5 responses to “Dive into a fossil-fuel free bubble

  1. Rachel

    are there any spaces left?

  2. teamwwoof

    Hi Rachel. We’re fully booked as of today I’m afraid, but please do phone up to join the waiting list, and maybe you’ll like Tinkers’ forestry events on 11-12 February and 10-16 March?

    If not, we’ll have some more opportunities here in the coming weeks!

    Thanks for your support.

    Sam

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