People forming a Group

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Property sharing

Having lived abroad since 98 and travelled a lot since early retirement, I am 20 years later, indulging in the exploration of suitable (for serious amateur astronomy) roomy properties in South West France . Anyone interested to join me to form a group/community is / are welcome.

message posted by Avionna
Rural, sustainable, tiny eco-home community

Hello Diggers, I am a Dreamer... I would really love to create a sustainable rural co-housing community based around a group of tiny eco-homes (there's some great designs out there now), with compost loos, shared gardens, chickens - & maybe other livestock - an orchard and communal space for shared meals, get-togethers, workshops, house concerts, etc. I would love to connect with other people who maybe share a similar concept for sustainable living and might be able to help me realise this - ambitious! - dream. I am an ecologist, musician, educator and I currently I work at an Open Air Museum where I previously did a traineeship on their working Victorian-1950s Farm, learning the basics in many practical rural skills and crafts - including fencing, hedgelaying and working with sheep. I have previous experience of communal living on boats and in shared houses and at the moment I live on my narrowboat at a large marina in the Chilterns. Ideally I would like to stay in the south of England - I grew up in the Kentish Weald which still feels like home, plus I think there could be potential for demonstrating a different solution to the housing pressures around the Black Hole of London - but the crazy land prices may make that a step toooo far and unfeasible, so I would be willing to look elsewhere. I look forward to hearing from any like-minded folk! Lynz

message posted by Lyndsey Rule
Sunflower Cohousing Society

Sunflower Cohousing currently has four members, and we are looking for others to join us in an environmentally conscious cohousing project. We have recently purchased a property in a small hamlet near Champagne-Mouton in France, where there is an infant’s school, doctor, pharmacy, post office, and supermarket. The property comprises a modernised 2-bedroomed house, with stone barns on both sides and a hangar, all facing into a central grassed courtyard. We have started to convert one of the barns into 2 small, self-contained cottage-style houses. We also have consent for 3 additional houses, and plans for 2 larger family dwellings. Each house will have its own private garden space to the rear, and a semi-private patio area to the front, facing onto the courtyard. The new houses are all highly insulated, with solar heating pipes under the tiles of a sealed roofing system, and with wood-fired back-boilers producing heat and hot water from regenerative sources. One section of the barns will house a community building, with a larger kitchen and dining/meeting area, craft room, a laundry, office space, and additional bedroom space for visitors. There is also an existing workshop area, machinery bay, and garden tool workshop, all of which will be incorporated into the community space. We have started to create a community vegetable garden (our potager) and a new orchard in an adjoining 4 acre field which is also owned by the community. We intend to keep a small selection of livestock on this field, to complement the chickens and geese that already share our space. We are working towards an ecologically friendly lifestyle, and to be self-sufficient where possible, but we also recognise that true self-sufficiency is very labour intensive, and so we try to achieve a sensible balance in order that we may also enjoy life. We have a range of systems already in place – composting bins, worm bins, aquaponics, vegetable and fruit production – and are constantly looking at ways to improve upon our arrangements but also to minimise our impact on the surrounding countryside. ᅠ Between us, we have gained experience in developing permaculture systems and organic practices in the UK and Spain, in both wet and arid conditions and would be looking to introduce and expand upon those techniques as part of the production of food for the community. We also have a wide range of practical and creative skills, such as building, IT, animal husbandry, fleece spinning, weaving and knitting, willow weaving, preserving, sewing, dying, and basket making. We are looking for others with a similar outlook on life to come and join us. Investing members will be asked to match our own investment to date (we are not looking to make a profit), and will in return receive an equal share and an equal say in the ownership and development of the community as a whole. http://www.sunflowercohousing.org.uk/ https://www.facebook.com/groups/505483079482490/

message posted by Martin Prosser
People willing to Buy a large house together. (£500,000 upwards ) or maybe more.

Hi, we are looking for like minded people who are fed up with having to run their own homes single handedly. We are open to many suggestions but the prime aim is to live together happily into old age. We have decided on an area south of Bath.And the importance is having a collective, which should enable us to have many more valuable possessions ie: swimming pool, gym, large garden with gardener, cook,sports car, motorhome, caravan, timeshare holidays, annexes for business or horses, the list is endless.. I am not interested in living off the land or living on a shoe string budget, just a really good living. Equally importantly we will be amongst new companions. If you think you might be vaguely interested,or indeed know someone else who could be, by all means give me a call, many thanks, Tom. 07825687131 thomas.oliver1@hotmail.com Investors would also be very welcome. And people willing to join at a later date. Update, we are off the ground and hovering as we speak. 'Banes' area is where we are looking, and anyone wanting a share of a million pound property are welcome to come and join us.

message posted by Tom Oliver
Join Extinction Rebellion and help expand southwest England land bloc

Hello! Please read this post very very carefully. I get many inappropriate emails which would have been saved had the writers read this advert more carefully! Okay, so I am advertising here for two projects. 1) Forming a land bloc. This is a regional strategy to build a land bloc of likeminded people, for political reasons, facing an increasingly unstable world. We seek the second land-owner in the land-bloc. Organic growing, biodiversity conservation and a hard work ethic are a must. We are seeking a land buyer with capital. We do not have land for rent or any space for you to build on our land. 2) Recruitment for the international direct action campaign Extinction Rebellion, against government inaction on climate breakdown. From November 2018 we will go to prison for peaceful infrastructure blocks. Join us in frontline or support roles: www.extinctionrebellion.org

message posted by Tehanu
Sharing property in Bath area

My dream is to find like minded people, to live closely but in individual units. Like minded; eco philosophy, enjoy socialising as a group, growing own food, developing the site with style and design. Mixed ages ( I am middle aged) possibly to have a visitors accommodation for B+B or visiting families or both, workshops, or shop. In other words I would love to have friends around and a business slant to the complex. You would need to have to be able to contribute financially and have energy and drive. I am now a maker, (mostly textiles) very practical with a background in Teaching, the Arts, retail, and Hospitality. Having been self employed for most of my adult life and working at home I no longer want to live on my own and would love to create a family/group with which to share living and business. If any of this appeals and non of it is written in stone, please do contact me. My only constraint is that I very much want to stay in the Bath / Somerset area and its expensive so you would need to be able to contribute financially.

message posted by Anna Fraenkel
Bath, cohousing group looking for people

We own ~45% of a property in Bath that has the potential to convert into a compact cohousing community of 7 dwellings. It's 25 mins walk to Bath with a bus very close. Old farmhouse will provide 3 units and 4 additional units to be built to high eco-housing specifications. Shared gardens and common house. We have lots of eco-village and community living experience.

message posted by Chris Bone
Looking for people interested

Hi I am looking for people who live on the wirral or close by I.e: chester, Liverpool, Cheshire, North Wales etc. Who would be interested in meeting up to share ideas about forming a community that is sustainable, conscious, creative and vibrant.

message posted by AmandaRoxanne8
Sunny SW France

At the moment this is just to get a feeling for if there is anybody out there who would share my sensibilities towards the planet. I have not started my adventure except for acquiring the property. I have some things to sort out in the UK and so the earliest that I will be starting will be Spring 2019. I'm considering sharing my 2.8ha in SW France, just over 500km South of Cherbourg or Le Havre. I've put a web page up here http://fenioux.blogspot.com/p/blog-page.html which shows some photos and gives a little description. It would be on some sort of contribution towards the costs of running the place and renting a house; it could include some of your labour. Since I have only just bought it I don't know how much that would entail. In return you would get a life in a sunny, quiet and beautiful part of France on a really good piece of land. I looked for a few years in Portugal around the Castelo Branco area and couldn't find anything as nice as this. The land has excellent soil quality and consists mainly of flat meadow but there is a little higher ground, by perhaps 3m. There's a small river running along the Western boundary and a stream crossing the property as well as what looks like two springs near the house. They'd need to be dug out in order to be usable. It has an old stone house on it that could easily be converted into 3 small houses with two floors, each floor being around 20m2 i.e. 40m2 per house. Each house would overlook the river and the trees in front of it. The house is structurally sound with 700mm thick walls, and has a new roof, but it has not been lived in for about 200 years and so it is just the shell. I will need to investigate renovating and the time scales involved. So, what I want from you is to understand what are the sorts of things that you would do with a place like this (stone house and land) and also to get an idea of your approach to life i.e. what is your world view. Since it is zoned N there is apparently no scope for new build and so this might curtail some of your ideas. However, there are two fairly big buildings on the land that could be divided up for different uses. I already know what needs to be done but I need to know something about you to figure out if we would be able to get along. I will be a 50 year old man (not planning on changing my gender, just thought that you might want to know) next year. I have a large amount of detail about myself and my plans and if I think that we will get on I will show that to you so that you can consider whether you are still interested. We would have one neighbour on 1.8ha who shares my vision and is ready to get stuck in and another, from whom we bought the land, on 1ha who has similar views. I might take some time to reply since I have a lot of commitments at the moment but hopefully I will reply to everybody.

message posted by zen_no_mind
Swedish Lapland anyone?

Hi! Some time ago I discovered a lovely place on Arctic Circle called Vuollerim - beautiful nature, clean waters, sparkling snow... A real paradise for people who are not afraid of long winters...I have bought a house there and I am planning to move there with my 9-year-old boy. People in the village are very friendly and trying to make the village a good place (they opened a hotel, a free school,a dairy (they have mountain cows). However, many young people move south to cities where life is easier and faster and this means that house prices are amazingly low. Our neighbour has sold hers for £5000 (yes, 5 and 3 zeros :) ) I am just sharing this with you because I would love to attract more good, nature loving people into this place. They are many opportunities (tourism, permaculture, natural therapies...). We can help village thrive and form a great community where we have time to be with each other, create things and get a new quality of live. It is a perfect place for people who also appreciate privacy and can't see themselves living in the same house or on the same plot with others. Please, contact me if you want to know more about the village. There is a chance to rent our house for a small amount of money (to cover electricity bills) while we are not there or a room when we are there :)

message posted by norra