• 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.

Permaculture Gathering 2015

This year’s All Ireland Permaculture Gathering is coming to Northern Ireland for the first time. 2 days of workshops and talks, and the chance to share ideas with like minded folk. Camping from friday. We’ll be meeting at Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough on 7-9 August, and tickets are now available to buy on the¬†website – http://www.permaculture.ie/buy-tickets.html The event re
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Time to shout

What an extraordinary week.  We quickly forget that some of the things we get up to are perhaps seen as unusual, and that our view of the world is likewise not always terribly mainstream (whatever that is). So it is always interesting when people want to come and take a look, ask questions, and compare notes. Every day for the last four days, people have come to do just that, and another one calle
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A new neighbour

Well we have a new neighbour – 3 fields away is this 250kw turbine, and it has been fascinating to watch the progress as it has grown over the last few days. As you can see, it is a fair size, and certainly makes an impact on the skyline. Interestingly I find the power lines more intrusive on the view of the landscape than the turbine behind them, and whatever the motivations for its install
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No guilt? Just kidding

Today I am including a caveat to my ‘All the benefits without the guilt’, as a way to show how easy it is to fall into a particular mindset. My previous post made it all sound so simple. Why do all that work when a simple device can make your life easier? Unfortunately that is how we find ourselves in the current predicament of global warming, resource depletion, environmental degradat
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