Permaculture Project Voted Best in UK

The multi award-winning Lanacastrian permaculture centre, Offshoots, finished as the top British entry in a European competition to tackle climate change.

They led the field in the European Commission on Climate Change's "World You Like Challenge."

The "World You Like Challenge" aims to showcase low-carbon solutions and best practices applied by organisations and individuals across the EU. The campaign covers travel, transport, production and innovation, building and living, shopping and eating and re-use and recycling.

Offshoots, based in Burnley, were one of 296 entries and the winners were voted for by the public, eventually coming in 21st place in the whole of Europe.

"We would like to thank everyone who relentlessly promoted, shared and voted for Offshoots. Because of everyone's efforts, we were the top ranking project in the UK!"

Offshoots Permaculture Projects, run by Newground, runs education and training programmes covering organic food production and woodland management to renewable energy systems and water purification. Their site was previously derelict for 10 years before dedicated volunteers created a one acre site of organic fruit and vegetables, five different forms of eco-friendly buildings, courses and much more.

The project is internationally renowned, attracting 6,000 eco-visitors a year. The garden generates energy, purifies water and grows and creates fuel. Beekeeping and blacksmithing are taught on site, and the world-leading permaculture model has been exported to other projects across Europe.

Newground who manage Offshoots, are a social enterprise that operates throughout the North of England. The company have been delivering environmental and community projects for over 20 years. The aim is to help people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, to build skills and job prospects, and to live and work in a greener way.

Visit www.offshoots.org.uk to find out more.

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