• Towneley offshoots

Based in the old walled garden, the award-winning Offshoots permaculture project demonstrates the techniques of permaculture gardening and regularly holds workshops and activities such as green wood working and yurt building.

The project was set up in 1997 and as a result of a lot of hard work from staff and dedicated volunteers over the years Offshoots is now a thriving community garden and training centre.

Offshoots is a demonstration centre for sustainability, linking the environment with the Government’s health and skills agenda. It involves people from the whole community and is for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

On site there are eco-friendly buildings that are powered by renewable energy, organic vegetable production, beekeeping, forest garden, a wildlife pond and reed bed, charcoal kiln and a backyard garden demonstration area.

Green-fingered visitors will also enjoy visiting two garden centres, both located on the edge of Towneley, which offer a good selection of plants and garden furniture.