Taking place this weekend, the Green Door Leitrim event returns for its second year. Running from today (Friday) to Sunday, the festival gives everybody a chance to discover the unknown gems of County Leitrim’s sustainable building stock and gives a chance to participate in some of the many building and architecture centred activities.
The weekend will be an amazing opportunity to meet, chat and network with self builders, architects and the owners and residents of the buildings. The weekend features a fantastic programme of events including debates, open chats, film and social evenings, bus and cycling tours and even a bat watch. There will also be plenty of activities taking place to keep the children amused including design and building workshops taking place throughout the county.
It all kicks off on Thursday evening at 7.30pm at the home of Jo Lewis, Project Manager of Green Door Leitrim, with a bat watch at her home in Dromahair. Will Woodrow, an expert in the field of bats will give an introduction to the nocturnal creatures, their ecology and why we need to consider them and other wildlife in sustainable building projects.
Friday evening’s highlights includes the launch of the weekend at The Dock before a debate on ‘how our future needs affect the aesthetics of building, architecture and design’ takes place in the same building with a panel of experts chairing the event. Saturday sees several buildings of interest open to the public with architects of some of the dwellings giving tours of the buildings and answering any questions you may have. A children’s event will also be staged at The Dock that morning from 11am. Amongst the properties open to the public are the unique looking Department of Agriculture building in Drumshanbo and Dominic Stevens’ self-built home in Cloone.
Sunday’s timetable offers a public visit to Derval McGovern’s beautiful thatch cottage in Tawley and a tour of the North Western Health Board’s unorthodox, but just as intriguing looking building in Manorhamilton. There will also be bus and cycle tours from both Carrick and Dromahair with architects and home owners tagging along onboth excursions.
The weekend is funded by both the Leitrim Development Company and Forbo Flooring Systems. For further information on the event, visit the website or pick up a copy of the event brochure in your nearest library.