Earthworm Housing Co-op

Postal Address
Wheatstone House
Dark Lane, Leintwardine
Craven Arms
SY7 0LH

Telephone
01547 540461
Year started
1989
Situation
in a village
Number of over 18s
12
Number of under 18s
3
Ideological focus
Hard graft, diverse…
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
yes
Charge visitors
yes
Work in Lieu
yes

Earthworm is a fully mutual housing cooperative in Northwest Herefordshire. It has existed since 1989. We have a 6-bedroom shared house, a static caravan, a 3-bedroom house and 3 small flats, on 7 acres of land. We currently have 12 adult members with 4 children.

Members renovate our 3 buildings and share the management of our 7 acres. Some areas of land are quite unmanaged, but could in the future provide part of land-based livelihoods in orchards, veg’ growing and willow coppice. Hosting events/ small courses could be another future possibility. There is good shared workshop space, currently used for our renovation.

We have at least 1 meeting a month which all members attend. Members work between 4 and 20 hours a week on the renovation and administration of the co-op. In addition we all help with processing firewood and managing our log-fired central heating system. All members pay rent and bills. Investment of time, energy, imagination and patience are all required. Finding paid work round here requires similar qualities.

The shared house members live as a single household, buying and cooking food together. Members in flats choose various amounts of involvement in shared meals. Our members include vegans and meat-eaters, teachers, parents, growers, and people who work full-time and part-time. We also have dogs and chickens.

When we are recruiting, we look for people who can commit some time to renovation and maintenance work. Our membership process usually takes 3-6 months from when you first get in touch to when you move in, and a further 6 months before you become a full member.

For more information about applying and many more aspects of our co-op, please read widely at www.earthwormhousingcooperative.org.uk.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community does not generates any of its own electricity
community does not use solar energy
community buildings insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community has some kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

Diggers & Dreamers
care of BCM Edge
London
WC1N 3XX
United Kingdom

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Earthworm Housing Co-op is currently looking for new members

We are not currently recruiting new members.
When we do have a vacancy, we specifically seek applications from people who are keen to get involved in our ongoing large-scale renovation project, restoring our three buildings to create living space for more members.
All members pay between £210 and £290 pounds a month rent, and work for 4-20 hours per week on the renovation or the administration of the co-op and the renovation.
The way to apply is by using our website – www.earthwormhousingcooperative.org.uk– please read it carefully to work out if this co-op could be for you.

Send them a message:
earthwormcooperative@yahoo.co.uk

Earthworm Housing Co-op is currently looking for volunteers

Send them a message:
earthwormcooperative@yahoo.co.uk