• Welcome to Lackan Cottage Farm
  • in the glorious County Down countryside

    A permaculture smallholding
  • From all over the world to learn and to share knowledge

    Volunteers and groups visit us
  • Through permaculture & organic practice

    We encourage abundance
  • Using natural, local, low cost materials and techniques

    Providing unique spaces
  • Using solar and wind - and teaching others to do the same

    Creating our own energy
  • As well as being home to countless species
    and a wonderful space to enjoy

    These woodlands provide our fuel source
  • Adding over 1000 trees and creating
    an abundant food forest

    Reforesting the landscape
  • So contact us if you want to know more

    We love to share our environment

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.

Green woodworking – video

Green woodworking at Lackan Cottage FarmĀ – here’s a bit of film from our Introduction to Green Woodworking course..
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Turning in the woods

Today saw the second of our series of woodworking courses, the introduction to green woodworking, which focused on pole (or bungee) lathe turning, and some work shaping wood on the shave horses. Participants were able to make simple items such as rolling pins by the end of the day, and fortunately the weather was kind. If you are interested in coming on a course, drop us a lineĀ and we will notify
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Last minute place on green woodworking course – now booked

Now booked, but more courses coming over the summer.  
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Down in the woods

Last week our woods came alive to the sound of drawknives and froes as our first group of greenwoodworkers came to make stools with Steve Ryan. It has been wonderful creating a space in which people can come to create, in surely one of the most peaceful settings you could wish for. The little hut that lurked in the depths of the wood for so long has become a mini field kitchen, our tarp shelter ha
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