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.
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. Read More
After two weeks of hard graft, our latest wwoofers, Brodie 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. Then they moved on to helping Brendan (the master) plaster the outside of the cottage. Here they are on day one – and between lime plasterRead More
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 remindersRead More
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 savingRead More