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Reforestation idea

Reforestation idea

A brief article that explores the benefits of prohibiting the use of herbicides in New Zealand. I realise this is a radical and unrealistic proposition since most people are ignorant, or refuse to believe that there is anything wrong with these chemicals or that the need to restore woody vegetation is an imperative to tackling rising atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.15 Jul 2014
Swale talk (mp3)

Swale talk (mp3)

This is the audio from a 27 minute presentation that I gave to Canterbury Organics AGM 2014 at the Lincoln BHU13 Jul 2014
swale talk.mp3
Solar PV

Solar PV

Finally, after much discussion, deliberation and procrastination I have purchased and installed a small solar PV (photovoltaic) array and battery bank. At this stage I have 4 x 200 watt panels charging a 225 amp hour 24 volt battery bank with the option to double the number of panels given the available roof space.26 Apr 2014
Grubba, the ginger pig

Grubba, the ginger pig

Someone nearby was giving away pigs so we went to check them out and fell in love with this little guy.24 Apr 2014
So, what's it all about?

So, what's it all about?

blockhill is an example in natural living. Our actions and activities focus on establishing and refining a sustainable, enjoyable existence that is rich in natural diversity. Motivated by the converging problems of environmental degradation, over population, peak oil and climate change we employ permaculture principals to develop resilient systems.

Visit & learn

Want to learn more or see things up close and personal. Come visit, relax, learn and enjoy. We offer a number of different options for people looking to visit, stay, learn and work.
Work experience

Work experience

If you'd like to come and stay with us and help out with our day-to-day activities, we offer an exchange option. You give us 4-5 hours of your time and efforts per day, and in exchange you get 3 wholesome meals, snacks between meals, comfortable accommodation as well as a wealth of practical experience.

We are official WWOOF hosts and have been sharing our home and lifestyle with travellers since early 2012.
Accommodation

Accommodation

A peaceful holiday retreat surrounded by gardens and native bush. Relax in the hammocks during the sunny days or soak in the fire-bath under the night sky. A cosy cottage on a rainy day with beautiful private views looking out over the Beech Trees. Get back to nature and unwind while you enjoy the sights and sounds of country-living. A great place for a memorable holiday! Perfect for a romantic honeymoon or anniversary getaway, or a private artist's or writer's retreat. Click here to book your stay.

Per night  - $95 for up to 2 guests
Additional guests - please enquire
(Our accommodation is not suitable for young children)
Activities & workshops

Activities & workshops

Interested in sustainable living and organic gardening or energy efficiency or permaculture design?
We offer a selection of informative and educational activities and workshops.
Day trip

Day trip

Come to Blockhill for the day! Bring a picnic and your gumboots. Explore our young food forest, meet the Kune Kune pigs, free-range chooks, and Muscovy ducks. A great place to enjoy the country with the birds and bees.
Suitable for groups of 1 - 8 people.

Adults $10 - Children $5 - (Children under 5 yrs - free)


Our photo gallery

Get a feel and flavour for the place with a visual tour of the blockhill estate.
Autumn afternoon

Autumn afternoon

Date01 May 2014
Growing, growing...

Growing, growing...

Date26 Mar 2014
Edible garden

Edible garden

Apples and lots of other (more exotic) ediblesDate22 Feb 2014
Poppies and phacelia

Poppies and phacelia

Flowers growing by the guest houseDate10 Dec 2013

Living, naturally

Life needs purpose. We have a number of activities that fill our time and make us feel good.
Bumble bee sanctuary

Bumble bee sanctuary

Helping out the bumble bees, who help us.
Permaculture food forest

Permaculture food forest

The food forest includes a diverse range of trees, shrubs, vegetables and vines to grow healthy, organic food in a multi dimensional, functional and inter dependant natural system.
Natural gardening

Natural gardening

We collect and grow our own seed to produce locally adapted vegetables that look and taste great.
Chickens & ducks

Chickens & ducks

As part of our quest to be as self sufficient as possible and to make use of the land and sheds we have it seemed like the next thing to do was get some chickens.

Our shop - help yourself while helping us

Just like you, we need a little cash to cover the many things we can't provide for ourselves.
Books

Books

Melisa has written a cute little book for children.
Organic seeds

Organic seeds

We have a selection of vegetable seeds available for trade and sale. Click through to view our current selection and place an order.www.sentinelsgroup.co.nz
Are you ready...

Are you ready...

Happy animals

Happy animals

Free to roam the food forest, munching grass spreading fertiliser
Natural living

Natural living

Working with nature to grow edible crops