As you may know, Toby's book
 about Windsor Hill Wood, A Place
 of Refuge
is available, published by Quercus

Long-term Volunteer Position

Windsor Hill Wood is seeking an Assistant Warden.....Could it be you?
Please click here for details

For anyone wanting to read our latest newsletter, please click here

WHW is a woodland shelter inspired by the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. Like Pilsdon, we're a place of radical hospitality, manual labour and prayer. We aim to create a loving environment for people going through tough or uncertain times, offering them the chance to rediscover peace, silence and acceptance amidst the beauty and simplicity of the woods.

WHW is a very small project. We could be called a community though in essence we are just an "extended household" with a few extra places laid at the table. We offer traditional Christian hospitality to all, regardless of faith, race and so on. We keep pigs, sheep, chickens, and goats. We bake our own bread. We grow our own vegetables and heat our house and its water with wood.


We generate a large proportion of our electricity from 16 solar panels. We make simple furniture using the old-fashioned methods and tools of the bodgers: shave-horses, pole-lathes, chisels, axes and knives. We host a thriving forest school and have a volunteer day every Wednesday. We share all our meals and run a common purse for food and bills. We have never charged rent to our guests. Because some of the people here are dealing with
addiction issues, the entire site is dry - meaning, of course, no alcohol - and is drug-free. We don't accept any violence, physical or verbal. Like Pilsdon, we have a rhythm of prayer, going to our beautiful chapel by the pond twice a day.

If you or anyone you know is in a period of difficulty in your life or you'd simply like time away to re-evaluate things, please get in touch and we can begin the application process.

Windsor Hill Wood is what it is because of the contributions of so many, near and far, be they volunteers who help on a Wednesday, local experts on woodland management, people who make financial contributions or the wide variety of guests who stay here for just a few days or many months. All have something to give and all receive something back too.

If you would like to read our latest Annual Report, please contact us at

Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice



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