Wild Acre Farm

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Claire Templar has been living at Wild Acre Farm, near Ballyhaunis since 2015.

Originally from the UK she moved to Ireland in order to live closer to the land and explore self sufficiency and living more lightly on the earth, with food production and vegetable growing always a core part of this. Production has increased year on year as her skills and experience of growing in this challenging climate increased.

Wild Acre Farm has a one acre garden, designed using Permaculture Principles, including orchard and perennial systems with a 1/3 acre no dig vegetable garden and 2 polytunnels which house tomatoes, beans, cucumbers, courgettes, aubergines and herbs in the summer, and are used for salad growing through the winter.

Claire has always gardened here using ‘more than organic’ no-dig methods and has a keen interest in Permaculture design and regenerative agriculture to rebuild soil and grow nutrient and mineral dense, healthy, abundant fresh vegetables, fruits and salads.

She has also been teaching Permaculture, gardening and practical skills here since 2017.

Before moving to Ireland, Claire was a systems designer, project manager, business process engineer, computer programmer, IT trainer, chef, horse riding instructor, kindergarten teacher, clothes designer and multiple business owner. Not all at the same time obviously… but she doesn’t really like to sit still…

Irish Bee Conservation Project

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The Irish Bee Conservation Project (IBCP) was established to provide information to communities regarding bee habitat requirements and to increase the survival of all species of native Irish bees through research, ecology support and biodiversity protection.

We work to protect Irish Honey Bees, Bumblebees and Solitary Bees. The Irish Bee Conservation Project is entirely run by volunteers.

The four elements of our approach are highly integrated and through our growing network of members we plan to expand our initiatives from Cork and Waterford throughout the country over the coming years.

Our specially designed “Bee Lodges” provide shelter and breeding facilities for all species of Irish bees

Brigit’s Garden

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Themed on the Celtic seasonal festivals, Brigit’s Garden is widely regarded as one of the most spectacular gardens in Ireland set within 11 acres of native woodland & wildflower meadows. Its features include: a nature trail, ogham trees, children’s discovery trail, living willow play area, Roundhouse and calendar sundial, the largest in Ireland. Dine indoors in our light-filled dining room or al-fresco on our patio overlooking the Garden at our excellent Garden Café.

A walk through the four Gardens takes you on a journey through the Celtic cycle of the seasons, each garden representing one of the Celtic festival of SamhainImbolcBealtaine and Lughnasa. This seasonal cycle mirrors the cycle of life from conception to old age and death. The design weaves Celtic stories with contemporary design to create spaces that are beautiful and tranquil yet inspiring and full of life.

The Roundhouse nestles in the centre of the Gardens, with windows looking out onto each of the four Gardens. This is a place for art and music, meditation, meetings or just relaxing.

Meander along the Sun Trail and wander through our woodlands and meadows, with sun features, energy installations and the crannog, with boards giving visitors information on ecology, history and mythology.

Fuinneamh Festival

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For 2 nights beneath the cosmos join us as we celebrate Fuinneamh – a multi-sensory wonderland: The best sound systems, the most cutting edge stage design, visual & lighting displayed, our favourite local and underground electronic artists spanning from Techno to acoustic and folk. Our holistic village is home to workshops, healing therapies and classes all weekend long.

Fuinneamh is more than a festival, it’s about connection. Connection with ourselves, connection with this land and to those who walked it before us.We believe in freedom of expression and we believe in a better future.

Join us in 2021 for the biggest & best Fuinneamh celebration yet.

Grá Rithim agus Athrú – Love Rhythm and Change.

Sarakali Sanctuary

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A haven of rest, situated in the beautiful countryside of Co Mayo. SaraKali Sanctuary specialises in the spiritual and physical care, rehabilitation and sympathetic re-training of traditional cobs and heavy horses.

The profound and recognised healing power of the horse is also available to our visitors and staying guests. Observing or working with our beautiful cobs who run free in friendly bands, upon the ancient landscape of the West of Ireland, can be transformational.The sanctuary honours the protective guidance and renewal of SaraKali. Whether horse or human her energy provides safety, healing and recuperation for the traveller in us all, as we journey through life.

We offer regular workshops run by accredited holistic practitioners, artists and equine facilitators. There is a warm, creative welcome to guests who simply wish to visit and stay in our converted Dairy within an original Irish stone byre dwelling.

We look forward to seeing you.

“Síochain chun Neamh. Neamh chun Domhan. Domhan faoi Neamh. Neart do gach chinn.”
(“Peace to Sky. Sky to Earth. Earth below Sky, strength in each one.”)
Prophecy of the Morrígan – translation by Laura O’Brien

The Daily Adventurer

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The Daily Adventurer was born of a love of Nature and exploring the great outdoors, it’s benefits and beauty. In a year that has put limits on travel and conventional adventure, I wanted to flip the perception of what ‘Adventuring’ means. By creating and posting a weekly calendar of activities, the aim of this project is to get us all outside and doing something different everyday to benefit our heads and hearts. These little adventures act as daily prompts to get us exploring the worlds we live in. There is adventure in everything and it is up to us to find it!

The Irish Gardener

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Peter Dowdall

All my life I have been interested in and worked in gardens, gardening, landscaping and garden design in Ireland and the UK. 

I present on RTE and TV3 television and on radio in Ireland and I am also the Garden Design and Gardening columnist for the Irish Examiner newspaper along with being a regular Features writer for The Irish Garden magazine.

I am passionate about gardens, gardening, landscaping and plants and I have hopefully managed to share my enthusiasm with many others and helped a few budding gardeners along the way.

I fervently believe that the garden offers us the solutions to nearly all of our modern day problems:

  • Our mental health benefits from just being outside in the Great Outdoors.
  • Our physical health is improved by the aerobic workout which a day gardening will provide and also by eating the fresh organic produce from the garden.
  • And the garden has  critical roles to play in counteracting the effects of climate change and slowing the rate of species extinction

I often recommend environmentally sound, sustainable and organic gardening products and plants in the media and am then faced with a slew of questions regarding where can people get them and this is what prompted me to set up this store.

Here, I can offer for sale plants and products which I like to use in my own garden and in gardens of clients for whom I am working. These are what you’ll find in my garden shed so to speak.

I don’t have a garden centre or retail business as such, and this is a new departure for me so please bear with me if we run into any teething problems.

In the real world I work as a garden designer and consultant: 

Any garden project needs to start with a good garden design, and for that design to be properly implemented, the correct landscaper needs to be identified and the entire project managed so that the garden design becomes the landscape creation which is envisioned.

With my designs I aim to create aesthetically beautiful, usable, practical outdoor spaces. Each client and each home or business will always have a style of their own and I like to design gardens which compliment that style be that a contemporary garden design or something more traditional in style.

Maintaining and enhancing biodiversity is one of the challenges facing everyone at the moment and I feel responsible for creating gardens which will do just that.

Natural Events

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Natural Events will be a new unique events space situated in the foot hills of the Shehy mountain range in the heart of West Cork. We will be spending the next two years clearing, re-building, planting & landscaping this stunning location into the perfect venue to host weddings, private parties, corporate & alternative events.

To be able to achieve this vision let us tell you a bit about ourselves. We have worked in the events industry for many years running an events  company called Audio Jack, we have covered everything from full festival infrastructure to personalized civil ceremonies.

This new venture will incorporate all of our knowledge and understanding to be able to offer a complete events package from start to finish.

We will be launching Natural Events to the public for the start of 2022.

We invite you to follow us on this journey and see our dream become a reality, we will be posting updates and goings on from this beautiful location.

Irish Seed Savers

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Our main objective is to protect Ireland’s food crop heritage for future generations. Our work focuses on the conservation of heirloom vegetable seeds and Irish heritage apple trees. In recent years we have expanded the scope of our work to include crop varieties from all over the world that are suitable for Ireland’s unique growing conditions.

Irish Seed Savers Association maintains the country’s only public seed bank, with over 600 non-commercially available varieties of seed. We also house the national collection of Irish heritage apple trees in our orchards, with over 180+ unique varieties.  Throughout the year we run a wide range of workshops, host school tours, and invite the public to participate in our events days. We encourage communities to come together to share seeds and plants, all with the aim of promoting Ireland’s biodiversity.

Blooming Native

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Blooming Native Wildflowers Seeds have been at the heart of my family history since 1859, when my great great great grandfather, William Power, opened his first nursery, florist, and seed merchant’s business in Waterford.

Since then, the Power family business has been centred on quality seed production and continues to operate a successful agricultural seed business.

With a passion for our environment, I want to share how wildflower seeds can play their part in biodiversity and reveal the joy of Native Wildflowers in our ecosystem. I am grateful to be able to harness my family expertise in seed and continue this tradition as a new and sixth generation of the Power family.

William Power & Co florist Waterford

Sowing wildflower seeds will provide a habitat for pollinators, seeds for wild birds, support biodiversity, promote our wellbeing and bring us joy. Blooming Native mixes can be used anywhere, whether it be your garden or the greater countryside. 

Native Wildflower seeds will reward in so many ways.

Give it a go!