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At present we have nowhere to meet or offer hospitality. We plan to build a straw-bale barn as the centre of activities. This will house the gathering space, a library and study area, refectory, kitchen, and showers.
We need to raise £70,000. Both the Archbishop of Canterbury and our own Bishop of Carlisle have given to us financially, but we still have a long way to go. Will you join us to help bring this vision to life?
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Category Archives: Greenholme – an experiment in permaculture
We have a large shrub or small tree in front of the house at Greenholme. We have not been able to identify it since we arrived, and neither [..]
Following the popularity of our first Open Day last year, we have decided to offer another opportunity for folk to visit. This year it will be on Saturday, [..]
Native Americans had an abhorrence of ‘ploughing’, declaring it to be a barbaric assault on our ‘mother’ who sustains us: You ask me to plough the ground. Shall [..]
A recent episode of the BBC programme ‘Countryfile’ (26 January, 2014) saw our local MP criticising certain intellectuals for wanting to impose their ‘fantasies’ on the uplands in [..]
Without exception, every farm in the Bewcastle and Stapleton parishes raises beef and lamb. This requires the conversion, and the maintenance, of the land to grass. We have [..]
June and July were sweltering! Unfortunately we weren’t recording weather data until the second half of July, but we are now an official Met Office weather observation station. [..]
At last we have some honey bees. We collected a package of black honey bees from Charles Austin in Barnsley on Monday, 8th July. They were shaken into [..]
Not Apis mellifera. Not honey bees. Same size, same general colouring, similar behaviour, not the same bee. Despite the initial jubilation about possible feral honey bee colonies in [..]
Arrivals and discoveries! In the last two days we have had 8 little Maran chicks hatch, with one egg still to go. Their mother was so desperate to [..]
It didn’t take long. Scrape the gravel to clear the surface. Out with the knife to cut the shape into the geotextile. Spade the soil, then the clay, [..]