Get an insight into a very sustainable way of life with our choice of two visiting times at Laya Point Permaculture.
Four years ago, Nicole and Tom took on the challenge of transforming a disused school field and tarmac football pitch in the Duddon valley into a permaculture demonstration site. They now have 33 productive raised vegetable beds cut into the tarmac pitch, as well as a polytunnel, cold frames built with pallets, a pond, fire circle and compost zone. There's also a forest garden beyond.
You'll see how they keep ducks and bees and they are also planning a timber-frame workshop with a living roof over the summer.
Directions & parking
Leave the M6 at junction 36, onto the A591 towards Kendal then turn left onto the A590 towards Barrow after 3 miles. Stay on the A590 for approximately 20 miles. Turn right at the roundabout onto the A5092. This will become the A595 after 6 miles and you continue along the A595 for a further 5 miles. Go through the coastal village of Foxfield (railway station on the left) then on the brow of the next hill, you will pass a pub on your right called the High Cross. The road then dips down before you reach a set of traffic lights at Duddon Bridge. Turn right just before the lights onto Smithy Lane, signposted Ulpha and Seathwaite. Follow this road for 3 miles, until you reach the second cattle grid and Ulpha Bridge. Don’t cross either. Turn right up the track and The Old School is straight ahead.
By Public Transport
Train: Our nearest train station is Foxfield, about 5 miles away. There are fairly regular trains (hourly) between Barrow-in-Furness and Foxfield. The next closest station is Ulverston, about 15 miles away. There are no direct trains from Ulverston to Foxfield, so you would need to go via Barrow-in-Furness.
Coach/bus: There are coach stops in both Barrow-in-Furness and Ulverston. From Barrow-in-Furness there are buses (6 : X6) to Ulverston.
There is also a bus service (7) from Barrow-in-Furness to Broughton-in-Furness, which is the nearest village to us, approximately 4 miles away. This only runs a handful of times per day. See timetable for details.
Why not try lift-sharing? Visit https://liftshare.com/uk to list your journey to this event and see if you could share with others. (It’s great for all your other journeys, too!)
Laya Point site is accessible by wheelchair users.
Green Build Festival 2016
This event is part of the Cumbria Green Build Festival 2016, a week-long programme of activities and visits to green homes, organised by Cumbria Action for Sustainability. Visit the CAfS website for full details: www.cafs.org.uk/events
When & Where
Laya Point Permaculture
The Old School
LA20 6DT Broughton in Furness
Cumbria Action for Sustainability