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In Search of Sanctuary

Barn at Bealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens

“Sanctuary” refers to a place set aside or designated as a protected spot.

Under EU Agricultural Policy there is a “Set Aside” plan for farmers to fence off small, protected areas for biodiversity.

However, this does not apply to Bealtaine Cottage, as the holding is too small to be significant!

Plant diversity at Bealtaine CottageI plant and protect for the love of Nature, not for the money from the EU!

Maybe that is why there is such diversity packed into these three acres!

Protected plants at Bealtaine CottageThe more well-known forms of sanctuary are areas set aside by humans for the protection of land wildlife, sea life, or ocean life.

Plant sanctuary at Bealtaine Cottage IrelandHere at Bealtaine there are areas of woodland, fresh water ponds and wetland, as well as other significant areas.

Plant Sanctuary, Bealtaine Cottage, IrelandBealtaine Cottage Permaculture Gardens is, in essence, a wildlife and unique sanctuary.

Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine CottageWithin these three acres exist a flourishing ecosystem, as well as  areas set aside to maintain functioning natural habitats.

Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine CottageThese ecosystems act as refuges for species, whilst maintaining ecological processes that cannot survive beyond Bealtaines’ boundaries in most intensely managed landscapes.

Bealtaine Cottage permaculture gardensProtected areas act as benchmarks against which we understand human interactions with the natural world.

Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine CottageToday they are often the only hope we have of stopping many threatened or endemic species from becoming extinct.

Permaculture Gardens of Bealtaine Cottage

In the midst of EU sponsored monoculture, Bealtaine Cottage is an Ark for Nature.

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Posted in Abundance, Bealtaine Cottage, Bees, biodiversity, Current Affairs, Inspiration, Permaculture, Spirituality, Sustainable Living, Thoughts

Where the Wild Things Are…

The evening is grey and still.

Rain has been spluttering out of the heavens all day.

I’ve just been for a short walk outside and made a 5 minute video that is, at present, loading.

This process takes about an hour and sometimes cuts out at  the last minute, meaning it has to start once more from the beginning, so it can be frustrating!

However, the feedback I get from viewers encourages me to keep it all going…that and a sense of getting a real message out about permaculture.

 What the Banks and EU Agricultural Policy Failed to do, Permaculture manages…this is how I see it all at present.

All around me, here in Ireland and beyond, people are realizing just how much they have lost, been short-changed on what life is really all about…

 The endless drive for material wealth and property has been such over the past decades that many have lost sight of the real meaning of existence on this beautiful planet.

Integrity and goodness have been demeaned and mocked, as the elite, in their eternal scavenging for wealth,    have poured foul scorn upon the planet and it’s inhabitants.

Well, here’s the news…permaculture does not require you to have money, spend money or accumulate wealth.

Permaculture is about using what is to hand and recycling and being creative.

By practising permaculture I pour foul scorn upon the destroyers of Nature, creating a portal, here at Bealtaine Cottage, through which her abundant and infinite energies flow.

People are waking up to the fact that their governments have sold them out to the banks and corporations and it is time to turn towards a kinder way of living on this sacred planet. I heartily recommend adopting the permaculture ethics…

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Enjoy today’s video diary from Bealtaine Cottage…

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wTVu4vlvSo