Shrub Family

Postal Address
Shrub Farm Cottages
Larling, East Harling
NR16 2QT

Year started
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
Legal structure
company limited by guarantee
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Our communal name and address is misleading. We are not a farm, don’t live in a cottage and if the ‘family’ brings images of Californian style cults … we’re not a family! We have tended to be a practical, secular, dirty-handed, music-playing, screaming kids community, though right now we are low on numbers – so there’s the potential to become something different! Individual interests range from midwifery and politics to fine arts and drugs legislation. We don’t have any particular communal ideal although we follow a pragmatic quest for sustainability and the hope of, one day, developing low-cost, eco-friendly, self-build housing. We share a rambling 17th century farmhouse with room for a maximum of ten to twelve members. We are too small to accommodate communal businesses and most members earn their livings in conventional jobs. Although we are surrounded by beautiful countryside we are close to a busy road and motor-racing circuit. Our mainly organic garden and polytunnel give us an increasing level of self-sufficiency in vegetables. Planting trees, large flower beds and herbs is a passion. We share communal costs and dedicate a day’s work a week to the house and grounds. We welcome visitors.

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 not insulated to a high standard
community members use bicycles
community has organised system for car sharing
community is not accessible by public transport
community shares utilities
community has tool sharing system
community has organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is involved in land management
community grows a lot of vegetables
no communal animals
no regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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