Scotland

Bath Street Housing Co-op

Bath Street Housing Co-op is in the Portobello area of Edinburgh.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Clachan Cohousing

Forming Community

We are developing a cohousing project, with a view to using land at Collina Street in Maryhill, Glasgow.

We are actively seeking new members to get involved and help make this project happen.

Public meeting - Sat 26 November, 10am, Maryhill Hub, 186 Wyndford Road, Glasgow, presentation and Q&A followed by tour of the proposed site. Sturdy footwear and outdoor clothing advised.

Vivarium Trust

Forming Community

Vivarium came into being in 2003 as a result of a group of friends aged 50+ considering the problems which they were facing as they grew older, especially in relation to housing and to their ability to afford the sort of housing and community setting which would be appropriate in later years. They came across Co-Housing, were attracted by its key features, and have explored and developed their interest in Co-Housing since then. Vivarium has been holding open meetings since 2003, has around 25-30 members, and has an active steering group who work hard to push the project forward.

Edinburgh Student Housing Co-op

Edinburgh Student Housing Co-operative is a 106 member fully mutual co-operative, entirely self-managed by its members. Student housing co-operatives are a new phenomena in Britain, first starting in 2014, with ESHC currently the largest. Alongside being a unique experiment in communal living, the co-operative is also the city's cheapest student housing provider by a sizeable margin.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Laurieston Hall

This co-operative of 16 adults is now well into its fifth decade. We live in and around a huge Victorian main house, with its walled garden, stables and cottages, surrounded by 135 acres of beautiful woods, pastures and marshland which stretch to a loch in the north. Living spaces use wood for heating and cooking. A hydro supplies much of our electricity.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

Ploughshare Housing Co-op

We have no real shared ideology, though we hold vaguely similar attitudes in terms of environment, social justice, politics etcetera. The co-op was originally set up to accommodate people on low income in a traditionally wealthy area. Ploughshare Housing Co-op is based in a Victorian terraced house with small gardens to front and rear. It is in a quiet street in the heart of Bruntsfield, close to the Meadows and a short walk from the centre of Edinburgh.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Newbold House

The Newbold Trust is a Wellbeing and Sustainable Living centre. We are run by a small residential community of members and volunteers.

The house is a beautiful late Victorian mansion with 7 acres of grounds, orchards, woodland. Our walled organic vegetable garden provides the community with delicious food and honey from our own bees. We are on the outskirts of the town of Forres, in close proximity to beautiful coastline, rivers and mountains. We have close ties with the Findhorn Foundation ecovillage and community, which is just 5 miles away.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Monimail Tower Project

We are a small community living in a beautiful walled garden and orchard set around a medieval tower in sunny Fife. We grow all our own fresh produce, manage our woods for fuel and wildlife and look after the walls and the tower. We are an environmental charity and offer opportunities for people to learn about organic gardening and low-impact, sustainable, communal living. We have a programme of events and courses and we host Wwoofers who volunteer We share food and eat together. We like to garden, play music, make stuff and generally have fun.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Lothlorien Community

Lothlorien is a therapeutic community for people with mental health problems. It has been run since 1989 by the Rokpa Trust, an international charity founded by Dr. Akong Tulku Rinpoche of Samye Ling Tibetan Centre in Dumfriesshire. Buddhist values of compassion and tolerance are the basis of our approach, but we are not a religious community and are open to everyone.

community does not share income community does not require capital from members community does not have broadband internet access community does not generates any of its own electricity community does not use solar energy community buildings not insulated to a high standard bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

Culdees

Forming Community

This project has been suspended, following the unexpected death of the founder whose vision it was.

What follows will give some idea of what was trying to be achieved. . . . Maybe others can gain inspiration from this to implement the vision anew.

Aim: To create a community based eco-village modelled on villages as existed 150 years ago.

Where:

- People work where they live.

- People create their jobs at home.

- Three/four generations live closely together. (a care-village within the village)

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