Margot Oakenby

Postal Address
Trelay Farm
St Gennys
EX23 0NJ

Electronic Mail
World Wide Web
Year started
Coastal / rural
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

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.

If you’d like to know more take a look at our website or


community does not share income
community requires 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 does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings at least partly wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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United Kingdom

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Trelay is currently looking for new members

Trelay Cohousing Community now has opportunities for new members. Two seperate 1 bedroom properties are becoming available over the course of 2020 and 2021, see our website for more info.

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Trelay is currently looking for volunteers

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