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Permaculture Brings Hope…before and after images!

Permaculture transformation…see for yourself!

Bealtaine Cottage, Ireland

It’s been almost nine years since I began planting this smallholding in the west of Ireland. Before permaculture. Bealtaine CottageMany of you are familiar with the landscape as it looked then.

The picture above shows Bealtaine Cottage after a lot of cutting and clearing, around the time that the planting began. June 2011 permaculture cottage 021

This picture shows the same view today.

As you can see, the cottage is obscured…melting into the gardens of intense production.

Bealtaine Cottage before and after

The lonely, abandoned cottage on the first day I saw it.

Bealtaine Cottage driveway

Disappeared into the Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage…nine years of planting by one woman and a spade!

Installin permaculture pond at Bealtaine CottageThis picture shows the Bog Garden after the first pond was created and the surrounding land cleaned up for planting.

Photographs taken at the time depict a barren looking, rushy, wet landscape that offered little hope or sanctuary for gardeners, growers, wildlife or Nature.

Permaculture Cottage July 2011 016The same view down to the pond is obscured…

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14 years of Goddess Permaculture at Bealtaine Cottage, West of Ireland...drop in, power up! Colette O'Neill is a writer, photographer and teacher who has devoted the past 14 years to turning 3 acres of derelict land into a woodland sanctuary for all life, planting over 1,100 trees in the process.

14 thoughts on “Permaculture Brings Hope…before and after images!

  1. Thanks so much for this inspiring post and the heartwarming pictures! I am now taking the same road you are already on. 😉

    I strongly feel that the time for talking is over. We need to get moving, all of us. Our own species current way of life kills not only its planet, but its health, pride and self-respect as well. Just for example: It makes me much more proud of myself to “cook” my own laundry detergent, shower gel and shampoo using organic soap nuts and essential oils, than anything I could ever buy in a shop! Never mind even the health aspect or the knowledge, that I haven’t introduced any artificial tensides into our water in a long time. One only begins to realize what this self-empowerment does to one’s wellbeing, when one finally fights to get it back.

    Next step will be to set up a permaculture Eco Lodge. With blood, sweat and tears, I expect – but I’ll never be stopped again. 😉


    1. More power to you Anke…you are right, we need to get on with it and do the best we can, for we are strong, innovative, creative and willing to the task. Mother Earth needs all the help she can get!
      Blessings to you and your plans XXX


  2. Wow that looks totally amazing. A perfect paradise. Love permaculture abundance in transition. Hoping to do the same on a little patch somewhere soon.


  3. I just bought an old blacksmiths shop and house out in Western Illinois across the road from my farmer friend. I plan on creating a permaculture home there and yours is an inspiration. Next time I am over I am gonna try to get out to take a look at yours. Certainly inspiring.


  4. Oh Colette you are such an inspiration . I am currently researching to buy land in Wales. My plans are to do exactly the same as yourself. At present I’m researching biodynamic gardening and taking a lot of advice and tips from your amazing website . Please pray for my success in achieving this as land has got very expensive . However I am determined to find way as it’s one of my goals in life. Thank you for your wonderful website. Alana xx


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