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Wwoofer's work-wear, boots etc.

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Marie Hebe Comerford
Wwoofer's work-wear, boots etc.

As a first-time host of guest workers do I need to provide work- and wet-weather protective clothes, wellies, workboots, etc. for them? Do Wwoofer volunteers bring their own? Specifically I am repairing old dry stone walls. If volunteers opt to help with this task, for health and safety reasons steel-toecapped ankle-covering boots should be worn to avoid risk of injury to feet from dropped or displaced stone. Advice (from moderators of this forum or from experienced hosts) on what should/should not be supplied to volunteers would be very helpful.

roury valley
We're only hosts for the past

We're only hosts for the past 18 months but our personal policy (and also my previous experience as a WWOOFer) is to ask WWOOfers to bring their own waterproof clothes and wellies, with the exception that we have accumulated spare pairs of wellies in the most common sizes over the past year and a half which they are welcome to use. As to safety gear, if overalls or a dust mask are needed for something like whitewashing, we provide that, also gloves for work with briars etc. As to steel toe capped boots, I imagine it would get expensive to provide these for all your WWOOFers unless you happen to have access to a second hand supply! I'd be interested to hear others peoples opinions too!

Marie Hebe Comerford
That's helpful thank you. I

That's helpful thank you. I shall remind WWOOfers to come equipped with waterproofs and wellies. Views from other experienced hosts would help. Volunteers are usually coming from abroad and usually for several months carrying luggage reflecting that long sojourn so unreasonable to expect them to purchase and bulk up luggage with workboots. Notwithstanding the initial outlay repairing dry stone walls is immensely satisfying and a valuable (disappearing!) skill to transmit and a case of "many hands make light work" so I shall bite the expense bullet and purchase a couple of extra pairs to fit my first volunteers (due on 7th October) and start my 'WWOOFers boot-stash'.........so may need a designated shed built for gear!