Lifespan Community Collective (aka Townhead Collective)
Lifespan Community Collective (aka Townhead Collective) is made up of around 20 adults, 11 kids, 3 dogs, several chickens and one hard-core cat.
We have 19 old railway cottages with 3.5 acres of land in rural Yorkshire.
The Community has been formed by a collection of environmental protesters, travellers and locals. We try to live sustainably with as little impact on the environment as possible. We are into growing our own organic fruit and veg from two large communal gardens containing polytunnels and greenhouses. We also have a medicinal/kitchen herb garden and tree nursery. One of our defining features and strengths is that we produce all of our own electricity from solar and wind. We aim to have hydro-power at some point in the future! We also compost all of our own waste.
Since 1998 we have been renovating the semi-derelict houses and have learnt and shared many skills.
We all have our own personal spaces as well as communal areas comprising a living room, kitchen, pool room, office with internet access, a learning space, music room, workshops and kids’ play-room/spaces. Vegan/vegetarian communal meals are cooked daily for £2.50. The atmosphere is informal, friendly and relaxed. A down-to-earth vibe and positive initiative is encouraged. In the recent past, we have been the proud winners of the ‘Inter-community Volleyball Golden Bum Award’!
Visitors’ space is available and extra helping hands are always appreciated. We now hold monthly work weekends.