New Shoots

New Shoots is an area of green space set aside in the middle of the Poor Marsh site which it is hoped will be developed following the principles of Permaculture.

What is Permaculture?

Permaculture was developed in the mid 1970’s by two Australian ecologists, Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, and is about “Earth care, people care and fair shares”.  Their idea was to create stable agricultural processes which did not poison the land and reduce biodiversity.  To give you a better understanding of what Permaculture is all about an example is outlined below.


The Offshoots Permaculture Project began in May 1997 and is housed in the old walled garden of Towneley Hall in Towneley Park, Burnley.  The site, which had previously been a council depot and tree nursery, is now a thriving 1 acre organic fruit and vegetable garden which boasts 5 different forms of eco-friendly buildings that are renewably powered and is used daily as a result of lots of hard work from legions of dedicated volunteers.

  • Offshoots is a Community Project managed by Groundwork Pennine Lancashire on behalf of the Offshoots Voluntary Management Committee, which is made up of local people who are all actively involved.
  • Offshoots has achieved charitable status through the Permaculture Association.
  • Offshoots involves people from the whole community, either through the composting project, as visitors to the site, as volunteers, or through colleges and schools running training courses –
  • Offshoots is for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.

It is hoped that a project similar to Offshoots will occupy an area of the Poor Marsh in Hesketh Bank as part of this exciting project.