how WWOOF works

Click here to read a Guardian article giving a good introduction to how WWOOF works.

WWOOF UK holds a list of organic farms, gardens and smallholdings, all offering food and accommodation in exchange for practical help on their land. These hosts range from a low impact woodland settlement to a 600 hectare mixed holding with on-site farm shop, cafe and education centre. They are all in the UK; for overseas hosts go to

Hosts do not expect you to know a lot about farming when you arrive, but they do expect you to be willing to learn and able to fit in with their lifestyle.

All of our hosts must sign a declaration stating that they are farming using ecologically sound methods. Some are also certified organic or biodynamic by national bodies. Certification is an expensive process and only really necessary for those growers who wish to sell their produce to the general public with the 'organic' label. We do not discriminate between those who are farming organically for sale and those who are farming ecologically for self sufficiency.

The list of hosts is available by joining WWOOF UK for a membership fee:
£20 single online membership, £30 joint online membership. 

Once you have the list, it is up to you to contact hosts directly to arrange your stay.  Your host should discuss what kinds of activities you will be asked to take part in, what accommodation is on offer and also the length of your stay.

Volunteers do not pay to stay with hosts and hosts do not pay volunteers for their help (generally 25-30 hours a week). WWOOFers are volunteers and therefore are freer to come and go than employees. For this reason, hosts should not depend on them as an alternative to paid, skilled labour. For more details about how it all works, see our FAQs page.

For insurance reasons you have to be 16 or over to WWOOF in the UK, unless you are accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

WWOOF UK is a registered charity.


If you're a non-EU citizen, and you're coming to the UK to do some WWOOFing, it's REALLY IMPORTANT that you read the information on our Immigration page and understand what is expected of you at the UK border.