Place : Rasteau (Vaucluse)
Public : Adults
It’s been a long time since Rasteau’s parish garden was last used and the encroaching undergrowth has taken a firm hold. Last year, a team of volunteers cleared the garden and built a buttress. This year, work will continue on the buttress and terrace walls to create what could become Rasteau’s own leafy haven.
Building techniques: Lime mortar and dry stone masonry
Accommodation: In tents at the municipal sportsground, with access to toilets/showers and changing rooms. The sportsground is 15 minutes’ walk from the workcamp. Bring your own tent if you like.
Help out, in turn, with daily tasks (cooking, cleaning). Building work in the mornings, Mon-Fri. Free time in afternoons and weekends, with a choice of group excursions and activities.
Some ideas for excursions: Visit the ancient town of Vaison la Romaine, the Arc de Ttriomphe at Orange, the Papal city of Avignon, walks on Mont Ventoux, the Giant of Provence, in the Dentelles de Montmirail hills or the Ouvèze gorges, introduction to local wine-making techniques and a tasting session for those who like fine wines.
A bit of history:
While Rasteau is mostly known for its wine-making heritage, it is also one of those typical Provencal hilltop villages, with great views of Mont Ventoux and the Dentelles de Montmirail hills.
The hilltop is thought to have been inhabited since prehistoric times, although the first references to a village appear in the 11th century. The castle that adjoins Saint Didier Church may also date back to this period, although little remains of the building today.
The houses tumble down the hill, past the 18th century votive Notre dame des Vignerons Chapel and the Place Lapparent. The place, or square, was named after its benefactor who wanted the village to keep it as a play area for children and a venue to hold festivals.
The parish garden, where you’ll be working, lies just below the Saint Didier church and was recently acquired by the village council. It still has an unmistakable charm, with old wells and a rostrum.