Offshoots Permaculture Project is a 1 acre community garden project and is based in the old walled kitchen garden of Towneley Park, Burnley, Lancashire. 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 which has recently been accredited as a bee farm!

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 we have 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.

Permaculture is a design system for sustainable and self-sufficient lifestyles. The word ‘permaculture’ comes from ‘permanent agriculture’ and ‘permanent culture’ – it is about living lightly on the planet and making sure that we can sustain human activities for many generations to come, in harmony with nature. This is achieved by following three ethics – People Care, Earth Care and Fair Shares.

The garden is free and Winter/Spring opening hours are: 

Monday: Closed 

Tuesday: 10am - 4pm

Wednesday: 10am - 4pm

Thursday: 10am - 4pm

Friday: 10am - 4pm

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Sunday: Closed

If making a special trip to visit us at Offshoots please get in touch first as occasionally it is necessary to close the site at late notice due to work on site.

Training, Events & Team Building Days

Offshoots provides a training environment and working space to deliver courses and workshops for schools, community groups, organisations and the general public.

Courses include Permaculture, organic gardening, beekeeping, willow weaving, blacksmithing, dry stone walling, bike maintenance, walk leader training, sustainability, eco-building techniques, green woodworking, herbal medicine, recycling and composting and renewable energy generation.

For more information call 01254 265163 or email



Volunteer opportunities are available midweek depending on our capacity. We have many volunteers who come regularly to Offshoots. We have a weekly volunteer day on a Wednesday where people can get involved and meet other volunteers.

If you are interested in Permaculture, gardening, beekeeping or any of our projects and would like to give some of your time, skills and enthusiasm, please contact us to discuss opportunities.



One of the exciting projects that we run is called Bees Beyond the Borough.