Trelay Cohousing is a vibrant community of 23 adults of all ages and nine children. It was established in 2007 on a farm with thirty-two acres in North Cornwall, UK. It is a great place to grow, learn and be, to live sustainably and connect in a healthy way with our planet and each other. A rural retrofit cohousing scheme, we welcome visitors and volunteers interested in our way of living. We work hard, and we have fun.
The main features of our community are:
– it is set up and run by its members co-operatively
– members are consciously committed to living as and contributing to a community
– members all have a private living space as well as the use of communal buildings and land
Examples of our sustainability efforts are:
– several solar PV systems
– two Lithium-Ion Tesla PowerWall batteries.
– a ground source heat pump
– an air source heat pump
– an independent sewage system
– shared amenities (e.g. laundry), tools & machines (lawnmower)
– producing our own meat, milk, eggs (and manure for compost)
– growing our vegetables and fruit without chemicals
– a close-knit group that cares and shares
– commitment to continued learning around compassionate/mindful communication, permaculture
– communal kitchen/dining room for regular shared meals & meetings
– communal indoor area for events, music, dancing, playing, films
– communal garden for BBQs, pizza oven, children’s play area, bonfires, hanging out
– interactions with the wider local community: involvement in the Parish Council, choirs, sports clubs, events
– a communal mortgage facility which enables families/individuals with little capital to join
– operating a Mutual Home Ownership scheme which enables all members to gain equity in their living space
– sound budgeting and financial management processes.
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