Conservation, maintenance and repair

Calke Abbey, Derbyshire
Volunteers clearing vegetation on a working holiday
The exterior of Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey.
One of the dormitories at Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey.
Volunteers clearing vegetation on a working holiday The exterior of Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey. One of the dormitories at Home Farm Bunkhouse, Calke Abbey.

At-a-glance details

  • Dates27 June 2020 to 4 July 2020
  • Holiday typeTrust
  • AvailabilityPlaces available
  • Activity type Coast and countryside, Construction
  • Cost£190
  • Physicality8
  • Holiday code20ETQ158
  • AccommodationHome Farm

About Conservation, maintenance and repair

Help to look after the routes used by Calke's 400000 visitors.

Handed to the National Trust in 1985 and sitting in 600 acres of parkland, Calke’s story tells of the dramatic decline of a country house estate. Now, that estate welcomes nearly 40,0000 visitors a year and the paths around the estate encounter a large amount of wear and tear as more and more people discover this incredible place. On this working holiday you’ll be helping to repair and maintain the footpaths, steps and other structures around the estate, essentially giving them a summertime MOT and service to ensure that they’re in good shape for visitors.
The holiday will also include the annual survey and count of the thousands of orchids in the Ticknall Limeyards, which date back to the 15th century. Orchids such as the common spotted orchid, fragrant orchid and common twayblade are flourishing in an area once devoted to limestone quarrying, and the once-yearly survey shows how the habitat is responding to management which includes grazing with a small flock of Hebridean sheep.

About the accommodation

Home Farm used to be the farm manager’s house for the Harpur Crewe family who ran the Calke Estate for many generations prior to the National Trust taking it on in the mid-1980s. This quiet setting gives good out-of-hours access to walks and encounters with the estate wildlife; badgers, deer and bats are all close neighbours. There is a large yard and grass area outside suitable for BBQs and games. Outdoor chairs and tables are provided. There is a well-equipped kitchen, four showers and storage radiators throughout. The nearest pub is a 2-mile walk through the park to Ticknall.

Facilities: garden, drying room.

Bedding: no bedding/linen provided.

Notes for guests

What to bring: Toe capped boots or strong walking boots required for some tasks, not trainers. 

A standard kit list can be found on our Essential Information page.   

Enquire and book

Call 0344 800 3099

Opening times

Monday to Friday: 9am to 9pm

Saturday: 9am to 7pm

Sunday: 9am to 1pm

We are also open 9am to 5pm on bank holidays

Email working.holidays@nationaltrust.org.uk

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