Fig, Apple, Peach, Plum, Cherry, Pear, Nectarine. Grape, Jostaberry, Redcurrant, Rhubarb, Blackcurrant, Blueberry, Raspberry, Rubus, Blackberry…all growing together in the west of Ireland!
“This is about one woman deciding to do something very dramatic and revolutionary in Ireland…taking three acres of wet, rushy, north-facing land and planting trees like her life depended on it…it does! Bealtaine Cottage smallholding is in the west of Ireland. In May 2004, this was a derelict cottage on a north facing slope of three acres of wet, rushy land. My aim, living alone and without any workforce or helpers, was to create a self-sustaining smallholding designed and constructed on Permaculture Principles. This has included planting over 1,000 deciduous trees including two large orchards, as well as many perennials and bushes.