• A permaculture smallholding

    Based in Ballyroney in the heart of rural South Down

  • Natural building

    Local, low cost and sustainable

  • Welcoming visitors

    From all over the world

  • Practising permaculture

    Working with our environment not against it.

  • Rescued and working horses

    Managing the land using low impact methods

  • Growing organically

    We work with nature to avoid the use of chemicals and pesticides.

  • Working with others

    Volunteers and visitors practice and learn practical skills.

  • Animal welfare
    Encouraging rare breeds and giving unwanted animals a second chance

  • Practising permaculture

    We aim to provide a significant proportion of our food needs.

  • A permaculture smallholding

    Based in Ballyroney in the heart of rural South Down

‘Proper’ plastering

  We were visited by Lauren and Phil this week, who were very modest about their earth plastering knowledge but turned out to have considerably more experience than we do. They rustled up some plaster test patches on a couple of spare bales, and we (well Phil) got to work mixing the first ‘proper’ coat of plaster, which is essentially a straw heavy scratch coat over which our fini
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Earth plaster update

  Stage one of our earth plastering is now complete,and all the bales have a coat of clay slip. Some of the holes have been filled with clay slip mixed with a generous amount of finely chopped straw, and it is looking a little less undulating around the edges (although just undulating enough).  Now for the task of screening another tonne of clay soil through a giant sieve…
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A magnificent gift

This marvellous looking thing is a fruit press, and was kindly given to us by Sally, as she is hoping to return to her native USA after many years in Northern Ireland.  Now we can make good use of our apples, and hopefully next year our grapes too.   Its even got a thingy for shredding the fruit first, which is amazing. We can’t wait to give it a go! It’ll be doing sterling servic
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Thank You

So many thanks to all those who supported our crowdfunder campaign

Kind words from visitors