Steward Community Woodland

Postal Address
Newton Abbot
TQ13 8SD

Electronic Mail
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


We are a co-operative of people living and working together in a mixed woodland by Dartmoor. We are running a permaculture project to explore and demonstrate low impact living, integrating conservation woodland management (such as coppicing and broadleaf planting) with organic growing, new technologies and traditional skills.

We are living in wood heated bender-style and timber frame dwellings, with a communal Longhouse, Kitchen and Bathhouse.

We have a micro hydro scheme and solar panels to generate electricity, from which we run lighting, computers and kitchen appliances. We have a policy of minimising our use of fossil fuels, but we do use petrol chainsaws.

We spend our time maintaining and improving our dwellings and infrastructure, coppicing, conifer felling and native tree planting, gardening, home educating, running courses, on outreach, and on working for social, spiritual and personal change. There are chickens and goats on site. Most of our cash income comes from running courses (see website for current courses) and some of us have part time jobs (eg. as bushcraft instructors).

We have a veg growing area and young forest garden. We are a communally vegetarian community. We were granted a second period of temporary planning permission to live here and run the project in 2009. We welcome visitors and wwoofers (please contact us first to arrange this). Our website contains our latest news and events alongside ‘how to’ guides, a photo gallery and more.

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 has 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
regular communal meals
community has policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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