The Midlands

Crabapple Community

Crabapple Community was founded in 1975 and moved here to Berrington Hall (a rambling, slightly eccentric, Georgian rectory built in 1805) two years later. We are situated 5 miles south-east of Shrewsbury and surrounded on all sides by farmland. The house is set in approx 20 acres of woodland, meadows and growing areas. We have a 2 acre walled fruit and vegetable garden, a community-supported market garden, several polytunnels, an orchard, a willow plantation, herb and flower gardens plus 3 large camping fields. There’s also numerous nooks and crannies!

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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Canon Frome Court

We are farming cooperative and intentional community in rural Herefordshire. We are made up of a main house, stable block and garden cottage that provide 19 self-contained leasehold living spaces of varying sizes. Together we number about 29 adults and 21 children ranging from babes in arms to wise seventy year olds.

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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Birchwood Hall Community

SUMMARY: We live as a communal household (over two buildings) because this meets many of our personal and political needs and beliefs. We do not try to be self-sufficient, although a number of us enjoy growing organic vegetables. We have a broad sympathy for many green and feminist ideas and values, but beyond that baseline we are a fairly varied group. The key to our success and stability is that we like each other!

community shares income to some extent 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Paradise Valley

Forming Community

We own 22 acres of woodland and pasture near Bromyard in Herefordshire and we are creating an ecological and personal growth community, living as self-sufficiently as we are able. We are two committed adults plus several regular participants who may or may not become long term residents.

Lee Abbey Aston Small Missional Community

We are a small community of Christians based in a socio-economically deprived but culturally rich area of Birmingham. Part of the Lee Abbey Movement, our aim is to 'communicate Christ through relationships'. Our core values are represented by the acronym HOPE: Hospitality, Openness, Prayer and Engagement. We work closely with local churches, and seek to deepen our own faith as we also look to share the love of Jesus with those around us.

community shares income to some extent 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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult

Earth Heart

Earth Heart Housing Co-operative is a co-housing community in a very quiet and beautiful part of rural Derbyshire, 5 miles outside Ashbourne and close to the Peak District National Park. Earth Heart owns the freehold of the Grade II listed converted farmhouse and barns. The east wing of the barns is partially converted to create a communal hall for meetings and gatherings, as well as workshop space and storage. We are as ecological as we can manage/afford, having a communal woodpellet boiler for heating, a reed bed waste-water treatment system and using a green electricity company.

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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Cobweb Housing Co-op

Forming Community

We are currently a group of 5 people (with other potential members on the edge), a Couple, 10 year old girl, another male and 2 females (so we have a fairly even gender spread so far).
We intend to share cooking facilities and pool cars, but will have our own personal space.
We plan to buy a house with land and outbuildings so there will be ample room for expansion and storage. The property we buy will likely need some restoration.

Quaker Community

We are a community of 6 to 10 Quakers with a focus on leading a spirit-led life in an ecologically sustainable way.

We run a range of led courses, events and retreats; these range from the reflective and spiritual to hands-on work in the 10 acres of reclaimed woodland, wetland, wild-flower meadow and organic fruit and vegetable gardens which we have managed since the Community was started in 1988.

We also welcome individuals on self-catering retreats, and self-catering or catered groups of up to 16 (if sharing - more if also camping).

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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

Blackcurrent

Blackcurrent is based in a Victorian town house near the middle of Northampton. Some people work full time outside of the community; others work part time, and everyone volunteers as much time as they choose to the running of the Co-operative.

All communal food is vegan and organic, and the house is a meat/fish/poultry free zone. We don't keep pets or livestock.

We (generally) welcome visitors who would like to work with us, Ring or email before coming for our visitor information sheet.

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 bicycles not used a lot no systems to encourage carsharing community is not particularly accessible by public transport community does not have systems which encourage sharing of utilities
community does not have tool-sharing system community does not have organised systems for recycling community does not have an ecosewage system community is not involved in land management vegetables not grown by the community as a whole no communal animals no regular communal meals community does not have policy which restricts smoking wheelchair access is difficult
Not currently seeking new members.

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