We are situated just a few miles south of Shrewsbury.
Crabapple Community was founded in 1975 and moved here to Berrington Hall (a rambling, slightly eccentric, Georgian rectory built in 1805) two years later. Surrounded on all sides by farmland, the house is set in approx 17 acres of woodland, meadows and orchards. We also have a two acre walled fruit and vegetable garden, a polytunnel field cum willow plantation and smaller herb and flower gardens plus numerous nooks and crannies.......
We aim to live as sustainably as we can and to be self sufficient in at least produce. We grow everything organically from the start and, as much as practicable, in line with “permaculture design” principles. The community has planted much of its own woodland and much of this is used as coppice. A large scale log boiler and central heating system was installed in 2010, and a 4kW photovoltaic array was installed on the main south facing roof in February 2012.
All of us who live here share a deep love and enjoyment of nature and the natural world and we try to reflect this in our various activities. Many of us have experience in conservation work (e.g. with BTCV), wildlife gardening, woodland management and other environmental/ conservation projects and education; and a multitude of arts and crafts. We are also involved with Transition Town Shrewsbury. As a community we also aspire to create a harmonious and supportive environment for those of us who live here, and those who come to visit.
At present Crabapple is home to ten adults and six children (and two cats).
Day to day life at Berrington is varied and rarely uneventful. The general running of the community is organised through a flexible rota system and members must contribute two days working each week on the land and house (e.g. gardening, cleaning, hedging, wood processing, meadow mowing, household admin, grant applications, plumbing, wiring, roofing, etc....and the rest.
Some of us have part time jobs outside the community in a variety of different occupations including gardening, tree seed collection, and social care.
The community is constituted as a fully mutual housing co-op. We each pay rent for our own private room (with woodburning stove)and access to shared facilities in the house. A weekly charge is also paid for housekeeping which covers food and other bills. Shared meals (in the evening) are vegetarian/ vegan. We have a separate kitchen for meat eaters and personal meals.
We aim to be part of the wider community by using the house and grounds as a venue for groups and courses (eg permaculture), environmental/ peace campaign camps, and community arts activities.
We welcome experienced woofers who can assist with our work.
We are not presently seeking new members, but we hope be open to membership enquiries again in the near future, once our newer members have settled in, and we’ve found a way to create extra residential space to accommodate more people.
As soon as the situation changes,we’ll post the news here - so watch this space!