Overview

Based on permaculture principles the vision includes the following:

  • The property we are seeking will consist of a farmstead or large house with opportunities to develop outbuildings and ideally have space for newly built sustainable buildings; e.g. log cabin, cob and/or straw bale.
  • It will be situated sufficiently near to a viable village or small town for us to become part of this wider community. Ideally within walking distance of a basic shop and within reasonable distance of public transport.
  • There will be substantial woodland and open areas (such as meadowland) managed sustainably for fuel, wildlife and recreation. Water is also important. These areas could also be sources of income from activities involving non-­­residents, e.g. ‘forest school’ or rural crafts courses.
  • Ideally we need at least 10 acres to provide space for all this.  (see ‘The Land we Need‘). More would be a very welcome bonus. It would increase options for members to run outdoor events. Agricultural land is relatively cheap as distinct from land that can be built on. We can always let some out to farmers or plant trees on it if we are not using it.
  • The buildings will incorporate a venue for classes, talks, courses, public events and festivals
  • There will be space for about 15 adult residents plus children, this could be more depending on the size and layout of the property
  • Residents will include families/couples and single people. Most will have their own self-contained residence but with some opportunities for house sharing (see Accommodation)
  • Residences will be basically self-contained but sharing many domestic facilities (see list of shared and not shared resources)
  • Some residents will be self-employed in on-site businesses, some in conventional off-site employment and some will be retired. All will be actively involved in running and maintaining the community.
  • The community will produce as much as possible for members own needs and work with the local community for other needs. The ‘Transitions’ model involving local sourcing of food, building materials and energy wherever possible will be an important part of this.
  • On-site production will include organic fruit and vegetables as well as organic, free-range poultry; with the possibility of other small-scale animal husbandry. Not all members would necessarily be involved in this. See What animals will we have?
  • Building construction and refurbishment will be as sustainable as possible, including the use of recycled/reclaimed materials whilst at the same time having a high standard of design and construction. This will include the maximum possible use of locally sourced/generated renewable energy

Community Organisation

Financial and Legal Structure

Planning

On site businesses

Involvement in local affairs