So, you’ve booked a ticket to the full European Permaculture Convergence or the All Ireland Permaculture Gathering, have packed your toothbrush and now need to know what the next few days will bring!
Please note the Event Coordination Team will be on site from the 6th August and may not be able to respond to queries quickly after that …so please read on (yup all the way to the bottom!) and take good note of what you need to be aware of or bring for meals, hostel rooms, parking, campervans, insects, arrival and departure times and methods!
Information for Everyone!
- If you are planning to park on site please make sure you have booked a parking ticket!
- We will have a print out of names and what you have booked at the welcome area. Please come and register on arrival.
- GIFT ECONOMY – Please bring any seeds or plants to share. These will be collected and re-distributed in the event bar!
- IRISH based grower-attendees – we would love donations of your surplus produce (fresh vegetables and fruit, herbs and flowers for teas and cooking and even jams and chutneys would be most welcomed by our cook!). Please take your produce to Claire in the kitchen when you are settled.
- Make sure you know how you are going to get to Knockree. There are bus timetables here
- The bus stop to the hostel is a 30 minute walk, but we are planning an unofficial ‘shuttle’ of volunteers driving back and forth to the bus stop to help people with big bags. If you’re driving, please pick up anyone you see walking up the lane.
- Have you booked onward travel plans? You must depart the hostel or campsite by 5pm on the 13th August so that crew can do a clean up and take down site before handing back the hostel staff.
- After this time you will no longer have access to the hostel unless you have made a prior arrangement with the EUPC team or have booked in again on the night of the 13th August directly with the hostel.
- Have you seen the programme schedule here: https://www.eupc2018.ie/eupc2018-programme-schedule/ To avoid unnecessary paper, please take a picture of it on your phone!
- Have you joined our Facebook group? Threads for networking and lift sharing etc! Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/615102302163647/
Information for European Permaculture Convergence Ticket Holders
NOTE: Tickets are needed for the meals if you want to be included in the meal plan. IF you have not pre-booked a meal ticket and change your mind there *may* be opportunity to purchase a meal ticket after arrival, on a first come, first served basis depending on numbers. Please go and speak to Claire in the kitchen.
Information for All Ireland Permaculture Gathering Ticket Holders
NOTE: All Ireland tickets include all meals but prices are being kept as low as possible so every little donation helps. Please bring food or produce and take it to Claire in the kitchen when you are settled.
Information for meal ticket holders!
- If you have food allergies please go and speak to our cook, Claire in the catering kitchen as early as possible after arrival. The food will be wholefood vegan, and mainly gluten free. We have based the menu around an Irish Organic spelt, and of course potatoes. There will be no wheat in the kitchen.
- You will need to bring and take care of (wash and store): a mug for tea, a bottle or cup for water refills, a plate, bowl, eating utensils
Information for Self-caterers!
- There is a designated self-catering kitchen in the hostel which is completely separate from the catering kitchen. The catering kitchen is only open to our cook and kitchen volunteers.
- The self-catering kitchen has a range of pots and pans. It’s essential that you clean up before eating your meal and leave the kitchen in a good state for others to use after you.
- However, you will also need to bring and take care of (wash and store) your own mug for tea, a bottle or cup for water refills, a plate, bowl, eating utensils …and any other specialist kitchen equipment you might need.
- ****There will be a morning farmers market with Irish grown vegetables and produce available to purchase****
Information about Hostel bed bookings
- There are a choice of mixed and single sex dorms.
- A room allocation will be given to you at the welcome area, if you haven’t specified a preference on your booking form
- What’s provided :
All bedding is provided in all rooms
N.B. No personal bedding is permitted in the rooms, this includes sleeping bags, pillows or blankets etc. If guests require extra bedding we can provide it to them.
- Guests should bring their own towels or they can rent towels at reception for €2 each
Safety Information for Everyone: Know the Risks!
N.B. There are NO fires allowed on the campsite due to a fire ban still in operation in County Wicklow. (Several of the recent fires in the uplands areas were started accidentally by campers!)
WEATHER and Hiking
Irish weather is notoriously changeable. There are some lovely walks possible from the site as we are in the Wicklow Mountain National Park. You could join part of the nearby Wicklow Way path and head up the peaks of several nearby mountains. However, please bring appropriate clothing and footwear, drinks etc and tell a friend where you are going and when you expect to be back. The Wicklow Mountain Rescue service are often called out to help walkers not just from falls and recently fires but because of wet clothing and risk of hyperthermia even or especially in summer!
Insect bites and stings
There are some midges (a small annoying biting fly) but it is not common in the tent area due to breezes and wind at the hilltop. If you go near the river or woods you might like to have some eco-friendly insect repellent and bite creams.
There are some specially protected ant habitats in the fields so look out for their mounds when pitching your tent! If you are stung by a bee or wasp please contact the designated first aider via a volunteer.
Tick bites and Lyme disease
Lyme disease is not a common infection. It is estimated that there are between 50 and 100 cases in Ireland each year. The ticks that cause Lyme disease are commonly found in woodland and heathland areas. This is because these types of habitats have a high number of tick-carrying animals, such as deer, mice and sheep. Tick bites can be prevented by:
- Wearing long trousers, long-sleeved shirt and shoes
- Using an insect repellent
- Checking skin, hair and warm skin folds (especially the neck and scalp of children) for ticks, after a day out
- Removing any ticks
- Consulting with a GP if symptoms develop
Only a minority of ticks carry infection. If a tick is removed within a few hours, the risk of infection is low. The entire tick, including any mouthparts that might break off, should be removed with a tweezers by gripping it close to the skin, or you can use the special “tick card” in the onsite first aid kit. The skin where the tick was found should then be washed with soap and water and the area checked over the next few weeks for swelling or redness. Anyone who develops a rash or other symptoms should visit their doctor and explain that they have been bitten by a tick.
For a good illustration of how to check for and remove Ticks safely see here: https://highlandfirstaid.uk/tick-advice-from-nhs-scotland/
Tripping Hazards and no go areas due to risk of falling.
On arrival on site please take some time to familiarise yourself with the site map and avoid areas marked as no-go. There is a lovely woodland below the camping field, but it has high biodiversity value and we’ve been asked not to go in too deeply or often. There is a lot of high bracken and further down in the woods, the land begins to fall away and there are steep banks, boggy ground with springs and small streams and loose cliffs near the bottom of the woods above this section of river. Please stay well away from these areas from both above and below as there have been landslides and trees falling on these slopes.
There is an easy path to the flat areas of the river near the compost toilets via a deer proof gate. Deer fencing is in place to protect newly planted native woodlands.
Please close all gates after you!
And…. finally… Camp quiet hours 11pm – 8am please consider people care when you move around, talk, sing, etc and fair share of the sleep and quiet night times.
Well done for making it to the end! See you there!