Windsor Hill Wood

Postal Address
Rock House
Windsor Hill Lane
Shepton Mallet

Year started
Woodland community in Somerset
Number of over 18s
Number of under 18s
Ideological focus
WHW is a refuge for people in a period of crisis in their lives
Legal structure
charitable incorporated organisation
Open in principle to new members
Charge visitors
Work in Lieu

Windsor Hill Wood is a woodland shelter inspired by the Pilsdon Community in Dorset. It aims to create a peaceful environment where people going through tough or uncertain times can come and reflect on life.
We’re a small community centred on what is a family home. We’re essentially an “extended household” with half a dozen extra places laid at the table, and half a dozen extra beds. We offer traditional Christian hospitality to all, regardless of faith, race and so on. We hope to help people rediscover peace, silence and acceptance amidst the beauty and simplicity of the woods. Some people stay for a few nights, others for many months or more than a year. Most people come to us because of an explicit personal crisis – bereavement, addiction, separation, depression, homelessness and so on – whilst others come because they just feel dismayed by modern life.
Although very small, Windsor Hill Wood is a traditional working woodland. There’s a lot of felling, planting, coppicing and digging. There are chickens, bees, geese, sheep and pigs. We try and run the place in a sustainable way, using the old-fashioned methods and tools of the bodger: shave-horses, pole-lathes, chisels, axes and knives. We’re not against modernity – we use chainsaws as well – but we try to manage the wood in a quiet way. We make spoons, chairs, stools, bowls, benches and so on. We grow fruit and veg and share all our meals.
We don’t have many rules, but because some of the people here are dealing with addiction issues, the entire site is dry – meaning, of course, no alcohol – and is drug-free. We don’t accept any violence, either verbal or physical.

community does not share income
community does not require capital from members
community does not have 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 does not have an organised system for car sharing
community is not accessible by public transport
community does not share utilities
community does not have tool sharing system
community does not have organised systems for recycling
community does not have any kind of ecosewage system
community is not involved in land management
community does not grow vegetables
no communal animals
no regular communal meals
community does not have policy which restricts smoking
community buildings not wheelchair accessible
community is not involved in campaigning

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