• 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 at Lackan

Introduction to Green Woodworking at Lackan Cottage Farm from Lackan Cottage Farm on Vimeo. This weekend saw our latest ‘Introduction to Green Woodworking’ course with Steve Ryan. Blessed with wonderful weather, our participants made a range of items on the pole lathes, and a good time was had by all.    
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Getting plastered

After two weeks of hard graft, our latest wwoofers, ┬áBrodie and Molly are on their way, but what a difference they’ve made. We promised them building work, and our first task was fitting out battens and wood-wool board in the little cottage. ┬áThen they moved on to helping Brendan (the master) plaster the outside of the cottage. Here they are on day one –   and between lime plaster
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Three years of memories

This week we have been here for three years. It might have been a lifetime. Or yesterday, I can’t tell which. Looking around it is sometimes hard to remember all the things that have happened here already. How many people have come and shared their lives with us, and helped to make this place as amazing as it is. Although the results are very tangible, everywhere I look I have fond reminders
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New insulation for old walls

When it came to refitting the interior of our little cottage – number 81 – we face a different set of challenges to those we encountered here in 79. The little cottage is primarily concrete block built, and cement rendered, so it isn’t the most breathable structure. Added to this, the walls are either solid, or a very basic form of cavity with no insulation whatsoever. One saving
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