Plas Helyg was founded in 2009 when Lammas received planning permission for it’s pioneering Ecovillage. Plas Helyg means ‘willow palace’ in Welsh, reflecting the dedication to willow cultivation and craft that we practise here.
We offer tours, willow & felt making courses, and cob building experiences. I – Cassandra – have worked as a Lead Creative School Creative Practitioner for the past 3 years, so can also offer tailor made Sustainability Days for school groups. Please get in touch for details, you can contact me directly through www.cassandralishman.net
Our land based livelihood, which we must produce as a condition of our planning permission, mainly teaches people heritage crafts. We use our two primary land based products: 18 varieties of hand coppiced chemical free willow, and our lovingly hand sheared high quality Blue Faced Leicester wool. We travel all over West Wales and beyond engaging people of all ages in remembering ancient techniques and inspiring their individual creativity through modern design.
On a tour with us, we will include looking at;
- Reciprocal Roundhouses, Cordwood, and other Natural Building techniques
- Working in partnership with animals on a smallholding
- Food growing using permaculture methods and ‘no dig’ systems
- Water and woodland management
- Renewable energy in practise
- The Livelihood Shop
- The Community Hub building
We also offer refreshments at the end of your tour.
Our buildings include two hand crafted cob greenhouses, 3 roundhouses, a cordwood eco-pod with cedar roof and a cruck frame timber barn.
Our animals include chickens, sheep and horses, many of whom you can meet during your visit.
Our garden produces soft and top fruit, a wide variety of vegetables, as well as herbs, herbal medicines, and plant dyes for fibre.
Our willow coppice is a main feature of our growing area, and includes hundreds of annually harvested willow stools producing baskets and sculptures for sale. We also have living willow fences and domes, and sell willow rods in season for you to grow yourself. The Livelihood shop also sells our lovely plant dyed wool.
You can have a look at our website www.plas-helyg.co.uk, and our Facebook Page Plas Helyg for many more pictures, and details of any eco-building courses. Please also go to FB Pembrokeshire Willow for current listings of willow weaving and felt making courses.