LACKAN COTTAGE FARM

Permaculture
in action

Lackan Cottage Farm is a permaculture smallholding near the beautiful Mourne Mountains in Co. Down. We live as lightly as possible on the land and offer the opportunity for visitors from all over the world to stay, volunteer and learn with us.

We want to demonstrate how a low impact lifestyle can be a practical reality, meeting our own needs for food, energy, waste and water from the land around us. Sharing our experiences with others is important to us, and as well as offering practical courses, we welcome volunteers from all over the world to learn everything from horticulture to green buildings.

As part of a wish to live more simply, reduce our environmental impact, and as a reaction to the threat of a changing climate, and over reliance on fossil fuels, we are establishing an off grid smallholding using permaculture and organic principles. Our aim is to be able to provide working, practical solutions that people can learn about, and take away to use in their own lives.

Sharing experiences

We want to demonstrate how a low impact lifestyle can be a practical reality, meeting our own needs for food, energy, waste and water from the land around us. Sharing our experiences with others is important to us, and as well as offering practical courses, we welcome volunteers from all over the world to learn everything from horticulture to green buildings.

As part of a wish to live more simply, reduce our environmental impact, and as a reaction to the threat of a changing climate, and over reliance on fossil fuels, we are establishing an off grid smallholding using permaculture and organic principles. Our aim is to be able to provide working, practical solutions that people can learn about, and take away to use in their own lives.

News and events from Lackan

Polytunnels on the cheap (and not so cheap)

I answered a forum post the other day that asked about how to get a polytunnel on a budget. I won't go over how useful polytunnels are here - it's been covered a million times elsewhere. Needless to say that if you are growing your own veg, they are a godsend,...

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Meet George

  Meet George. As our collection of solar panel arrays grows, I decided to give them names. As the panels were given to us by St.George's Church in Belfast, George seemed appropriate. Plus when he stops working I have a name to hang the insults on. George is a mighty...

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Is winter coming?

As we approach December, and I wake to the first heavy frost we've had, I am reminded that winter hasn't really arrived yet. The cold night is just a reminder of all the things we need to do - very soon - if the coming months aren't to be a struggle. I'm all too aware...

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Something new for Northern Ireland

Our friends are starting an exciting new venture - Freckle magazine.  Freckle is an independently published magazine dedicated to celebrating the people and landscapes of Northern Ireland and beyond. Here is what you need to know - "We need your support to print the...

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Power station progress

  A bit of early evening winter sun means we get to catch a few last volts before it gets dark. There's now 1.5kW of PV up on the roof, which suffers a bit from shading late in the day - just one of several issues to work around. We're setting everything up to be...

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Should’ve built a bloody ark

  Rarely in many years of working outside have I ended up as wet as I did today. It was raining when I woke at 6, and tonight its still going. Still, what better weather for working with electricity. Outdoors.  Since we did the roof of the build, all the existing...

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Come and stay

Come and stay in Northern Ireland’s only off grid self catering cottage and try the good life for yourself. Walk in the birchwoods, feed the hens and enjoy fresh produce grown right here. The ideal spot from which to explore the Mourne countryside.

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