Laurieston Hall


Postal Address
Laurieston Hall
Castle Douglas

Electronic Mail
Year started
Number of over 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
industrial and provident society
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

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.

From Easter to October we run a varied programme of events (music, dance, self-help, creative, gay, etc.), called the People Centre, which brings up to 70 extra people a week. We grow as much fruit and vegetables as we can, keep cows, pigs, hens and bees, and do most of our own maintenance. All of us pay a large portion of our rent in unwaged labour for the co-op. This means ideally spending about two and a half days a week doing what we call “workshare”.

Issues that affect everybody come to a weekly co-op meeting in which decisions are made by consensus. Co-operation is our common ideology; under that umbrella we lean this way and that, are generally better at dealing with tomorrow than next year, are supportive of each other as individuals as well as co-op members… and we try to have a good time!

There are two ways of visiting us. You can book on a People Centre event during 2016 (for 2017 onwards see below), or you can come on a Maintenance Week, (there are only three per year, so book early to avoid disappointment.)
Information and booking on either is via the newsletter – see below if you would like a digital copy.

We are not currently hosting ‘first time’ working visitors, nor seeking new members. If this changes, we will let you know.

For other enquiries, or for a digital copy of our newsletter, please email

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community has broadband internet access
community generates some of its own electricity
community uses solar energy
community buildings not 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 grows a lot of vegetables
animals kept communally
no regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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care of BCM Edge
United Kingdom

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