Lackan Cottage Farm

LAND Project Type: 
LAND Centre

Lackan Cottage Farm is a six acre permaculture demonstration site in the heart of the County Down countryside. Through Green Tourism we encourage visitors to find out more about living in a more environmentally conscious way, and we offer a variety of courses and tours to give people hands on experience of applied permaculture practice.

At Lackan Cottage Farm our aim has been to develop a smallholding that substantially meets a families needs for energy, food, water, fuel, waste and income.
It does this without subsidy, on a small budget, and our aim is to share what we learn with as many people as possible.
We do this in several ways – by offering courses, welcoming volunteers (for example through WWOOF), and by having visitors stay on site in accommodation where they can experience permaculture design and low impact living for themselves.

The 6 acre site comprises 1 acre of growing spaces and forest garden, 3 acres of woodland, 1.5 acres of pasture and 0.5 acres currently under conversion to coppice and forest garden.
We have many projects to demonstrate, including: natural building – straw bale, timber frame, earth plasters; rocket mass heater; grey water reed beds; solar PV power, wind turbine, battery storage; coppicing; basket willow plantation; forest garden; market gardening; rainwater harvesting; compost toilets; tiny homes; upcycled pallet building; willow fences; no dig gardening and more.
We welcome approximately 400 visitors a year, run many courses, and have hosted volunteers from all over the world.

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Lackan Cottage is owned and run by Steven and Claire Golemboski-Byrne
Contact Name: 
Steven Golemboski-Byrne
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We're committed to increasing biodiversity in a landscape where agriculture has hit biodiversity hard, and to leaving the land in significantly better health than we found it in. This is a place that not only nourishes us through the production of food, but which significantly meets all our needs for food, fuel, energy, water and waste. We are committed in doing this in a way that is fair to the ecosystem, fair to the people living here, and to sharing that knowledge and experience with as many people as possible. Lackan Cottage Farm is the product of permaculture design, which can be seen in everything from our natural building products, to our waste and water treatment, energy production, food growing. It is constantly evolving and growing with our own permaculture experience.
Project start date: 
May, 2012
79 Lackan Road
Ballyroney, County Down BT32 5HR
United Kingdom
County Down GB