17 Aug Lammas Eco Village, Carrig Dúlra, All Ireland Permaculture Gathering, Social Enterprise Hub and NRG Solutions!
Low Impact Home at Lammas Eco Village
August has been another busy month for the Cauldron Community!
Lammas Eco Village
A visit to Lammas Eco Village in Pembrokeshire, Wales, as one of our primary case studies was enjoyable and educational. Tao Wimbush (primary founder of the project) and his lovely partner kindly hosted the visit. The Lammas Eco Village was celebrating its 6th year during the stay having a achieved within the first five years its pioneering “One World” development plan and meeting 75% of the Community needs via self-sufficiency and self reliance. The occasion also celebrating the acquiring of another 30 acres of land to establish five new small holdings. Another clear signifier of the level of success achieved. They now have over 100 acres of land. A key take away lesson is their experience that really at least 5 acres of land is required for a self sufficient small holding to provide for live-stock and coppicing woods, as well as forest gardens, plots, etc. This really means for our CC vision of 12 small holdings we would require at the very least 60 acres, with 72 or more being optimum for the development of public and shared community centre building and area.
Carrig Dúlra Organic and Permaculture Farm
Cauldron Community founder and Coordinator John-Paul Patton also had the pleasure of visiting the very successful Carrig Dúlra organic and permaculture farm in Co. Wicklow and meeting its director Suzie Cahn. A sign of the times agin struck that for another year running their flagship 12 day Permaculture Design Course has completely sold out in advance. Suzie was an absolute pleasure to meet, a woman with clear passion, vision and a wealth of experience. She has kindly offered to do a tailored permaculture course for aspiring residents of the Cauldron Community and I can think of no one more qualified to facilitate.
All Ireland Permaculture Gathering
One of our aspiring residents also represented the Cauldron Community at the All Ireland Permaculture Gathering at Tubby’s Farm and held an hour long workshop in which our project was discussed, with numerous interested parties and lots of tips and words of wisdom from those experienced in the field.
Belfast Social Enterprise Hub
Another meeting with Belfast Social Enterprise Hub this month was also fruitful and there has been some developments in terms of Northern Ireland as potential home for the Cauldron Community. We have looked north due to more flexible building regulations and also to compare funding options with the Republic of Ireland. Long term the plan is to have a Cauldron Community operating in each of the provinces of Ireland.
The CC also had a very promising meeting with Andrew McMurray the senior project engineer for NRG Solutions a renewable energy consultancy with an impressive track record for community wind power projects. We very much look forward to working with Andrew as part of our team.