If you would like to visit, look around or have a chat about anything from building to veg growing to low impact living


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We rely on volunteers from all over the world to make things happen here on the farm.Would you like to come along?

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 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 help with 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.

Ecological footprinting

Ecological footprint analysis compares human demands on nature with the biosphere’s ability to regenerate resources and provide services. We are continuously working to lower ours to a truly sustainable level.

  • Average UK ecological footprint – 5.45 global hectares
  • Our ecological footprint – 2.8 global hectares
  • Target Ecological footprint – 1.5 global hectares

Latest News from the farm

Are you ready?

Despite vast amounts of evidence pointing to a very real change in our climate, and the increase of extreme weather events, it seems that people generally like not to think of any of it as being part of some sort of pattern, and instead to put these events down to...

Living with the Land

Lauren and Phil visited us briefly last year, just at the right time to impart some knowledge about cob and clay plaster mixes, when we were working on the classroom. They have produced a series of short films for Permaculture Magazine, called Living with the Land,...

The website gets a facelift

  Things change quickly on the farm, so we thought it time to reflect that in our website, which has had a makeover and an update to bring the content into line with what we actually have here now. The new site works on all manner of wierd and wonderful devices,...

Rocket Mass Heaters talk at Lackan Cottage Farm

Something visitors always ask about here at Lackan Cottage Farm is our Rocket Mass Heater, and so we are honoured to be able to welcome Leslie Jackson, co-author of the definitive book ‘Rocket Mass Heaters’, to the farm on the evening of Saturday July 25th...

Gold standard Green Tourism

  We’re incredibly chuffed to have got a Gold level Green Tourism award, and were off to the awards dinner last week at the Sugar Supper Club in Newry (highly recommended, brilliant food). One of only 18 Golds in County Down, too.  Northern Ireland’s...

Midsummer has arrived

  Midsummer is upon us, and we were fortunate to be able to celebrate the solstice eve with friends from far and wide – visitors from no less than five nations were here on Saturday. I’m always in two minds about the summer solstice – given that...
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Volunteers welcomed

Visitors – We are always happy to welcome visitors as long as you contact us in advance. Much as we love dogs, we ask that you leave them at home as we have free ranging animals and children around the farm. Smoking is not permitted anywhere here.

Contact us at – Lackan Cottage Farm, 79 Lackan Road, Ballyroney, Co.Down. BT32 5HR. Northern Ireland

You can email us – lackancottage [at] or use the contact form

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