Lackan Cottage Farm is a permaculture farmlet and off-grid holiday accommodation that is situated close to the Mourne Mountains in Northern Ireland. It is Northern Ireland’s only off-grid holiday accommodation. On the 29th November 2016, I travelled to Lackan Cottage Farm to meet one of Northern Ireland’s most inspiring people in the area of sustainable living – Steve Golemboski-Byrne.
In just four years, Steve and his wife Claire, assisted by volunteers, have renovated a rather delapidated cottage, added an educational living space, renovated an existing second cottage for rental accommodation, planted and established large vegetable beds and an orchard, put in large polytunnels, created a reed bed system for their greywater, and more – with everything set up to run from off-grid renewable energy. Almost all of what they have created has been completely done using locally sourced materials and using natural building methods such as strawbale, cob and local timber. In addition to this, they have a four year old daughter, hens, dog and cats – and two horses, one of which is a draughthorse that Steve is training to do the jobs that a tractor would do.
In this show, recorded on the 29th November 2016, I talked with Steve about some their off-grid ecobuilding achievements here at Lackan Cottage Farm.
To listen to this programme about Eco-building and Off Grid Energy Generation please click on http://www.accessradio.org/Player.aspx?eid=7bc0d608-e815-4dc3-b74c-f846782a7448
To listen to other Eco Living in Action radio shows on the Otago Access Radio Website go to http://www.accessradio.org/ProgrammePage.aspx?PID=d6c5fa93-1644-4811-acef-71386373b70a
For more information –
http://www.lackancottage.co.uk – for lots of information and photographs about eco-building etc at Lackan Cottage Farm
This show was originally broadcast on the 1st December 2016 with the help of Otago Access Radio 105.4FM. Eco Living in Action is sponsored by Sustainable Dunedin City.