100% of our power is generated on site using solar pv and wind
We manage woodlands for fuel and recreation and have planted over 1500 new trees.
Our home grown food is organic, healthy, fresh and available on site.
Heated by the sun; built using natural, local and ethical materials, and lovingly hand made.
Our environmental commitment
Birch Cottage is part of our commitment to the environment here at Lackan Cottage Farm, where we are trying to minimise our impact in as many ways as possible. We hope you will be pleasantly surprised to find that this doesn’t mean making huge compromises. We’re a Green Tourism Gold accredited business, one of just a handful of gold standard self catering businesses in Northern Ireland, and we take that commitment seriously.
Energy and heatThe farm – including Birch Cottage – is powered entirely by renewable electricity, generated on site using solar and wind power. Hot water for washing and heating is powered by the sun, and by woodstoves, fuelled by timber cut in our own woodlands.
Organic foodWe farm organically using no pesticides or herbicides, encouraging natural pest and predators cycles. Our ponds are full of frogs, the chickens and ducks eat pests and we delight in finding ladybirds for any aphid problems..
We’ve completed both cottages using chemical free, natural materials, sourced as locally as possible. We also love to recycle and many of the materials have been reclaimed and given a new life. You’ll find that even paints and finishes are non-toxic, and in many instances, food safe (though we don’t encourage people to lick the floors). All our bedding, towels and tea towels and curtains are organic and also fair trade where possible
CleaningWe use e-cloths and use eco friendly cleaning products. We use oxygen based laundry bleach, and encourage guests to use biodegradable shampoos and soaps.
BiodiversityThousands of native trees have been planted on site, many of which are fruit bearing. We also encourage biodiversity by allowing areas of the farm to go wild; by creating new habitats such as ponds, and by minimising verge and hedge trimming. The farm is home to many rescued and unwanted animals and you are encouraged to meet them during your stay.
CompostingWe compost our kitchen waste and all garden waste and mix it with our chicken and horse bedding and manure. This is then used on our vegetable and fruit areas and also in our pots.
Sustainability in action
Click on the images below to find out about what we’re doing here on the farm