• 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

Straw at last

  Now that the floor is fixed down, we’ve been able to get on and get the strawbales in. First, wooden spikes made of willow are driven into holes in the floor – Then the first layer of bales is placed onto the spikes which prevent them from moving around. Subsequent layers of bales are spiked through with long thinner willow to hold them together, and we’ve also anchored th
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Getting creative

  Pargeting isn’t a word you hear very often, but it’s a wonderful technique that involves making raised designs in (commonly) lime or earth plasters.  From the very start, this is something we’ve really wanted to have a go at, and here are some lovely examples that we’ve seen.   and here’s a fantastic example of how a rocket mass heater can inspire some rea
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Douglas comes to stay

  Well at last we managed to sell enough things to pay for some flooring in the build. Clarke Cunningham supplied us with some rather fine Douglas Fir boards, which look great, although they aren’t fixed down yet. They’re windproofed from underneath, and well insulated with 6″ of recycled material. The next job is to do just that, after which we can crack on and set the stra
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Thank You

So many thanks to all those who supported our crowdfunder campaign

Kind words from visitors