Wales

Cohousing Cardiff

Forming Community

Our vision is to create, within the next 3 years, a housing-based community in Cardiff that will encourage social interaction and mutual support whilst reducing our carbon footprint. The development will include self-contained and accessible homes along with a shared co-house and other facilities for communal use (laundry, tool and bike shed; external space for food-growing and leisure; car pool etc).

Ty'r Eithin

Ty’r Eithin is a small Biodynamic farm with many traditional marshy grassland fields, full of wild flowers and wildlife. With help from an adult with special needs, WWOOFers and young people we run a small herd of mostly ex-dairy cattle with some Welsh Black new blood, some sheep and milking goats. We supply Demeter symbol beef and lambs, and are currently in the Tir Gofal (Land Care) whole farm environment scheme; and funded to graze and conserve marshy grassland areas supporting Marsh fritillary habitat.

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

Cymuned Y Chwarel

We are a residential community on the Centre for Alternative Technology's estate (Europe's leading Eco-Centre), but not a part of the visitor circuit. Our members consist of staff, their families or volunteers at CAT. We live sustainably, according to CAT's principles of preserving biodiversity, combating climate change and promoting global equity. We share co-operative principles and take decisions by consensus. Communication is often via email.

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

Black Dragon Co-op

Forming Community

We are 6 adults (one child, four dogs, one cat) all working in woods and with a business plan to buy a wood together to work together. We are not incorporated yet, but will be very soon. We want to get on with the work, so we intend to buy the land this year and get on with planning applications and felling timber immediately after. We have a wood in mind. Our aim is to be free of debt in 15 years, autonomous (free from government subsidy), self-supporting (electricity/ water/ wood/ maybe even food on site) and long-lasting. We are based in West Wales.

Lammas

Lammas is an organisation dedicated to promoting low impact development. We are actively campaigning within the planning system for low impact development acoss the UK. Our first project is for a hamlet of 9 eco smallholdings in Pembrokeshire - planning permission was granted in 2009. Each household will have access to approx. 8 acres on which residents will develop land-based livelihoods. The land is owned by a co-operative society. Residents will lease their plots (999 year agricultural leasehold). More details can be found at our website.

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

Coed Hills Rural Artspace

Pronounced ‘coyd’, a Welsh word meaning “woods”, Coed Hills Rural Artspace is one of Wales’ leading centres for sustainable living and the creative arts. We aim to become a centre of education focused on nature, sustainability and traditional woodland skills and crafts, contributing to local tourism, employment and the rural economy. We are working towards self-sufficiency in energy production: this will reduce our costs and our effect on the local and global environment, and serve as a living experiment in what is possible.

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

Taliesin Housing Co-operative

Taliesin Housing Co-operative purchased Temperance House in Machynlleth, Wales, with a loan from Triodos Bank. It is a lovely house, in a beautiful location which would benefit from more enthusiastic community minded folk to help move the Co-op forward a bit.

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.

Glyn Abbey

We live in an old country estate of 10 acres. Glyn Abbey is a trust with a fixed number of shares. We have separate households and distinctish dwellings, some still in the process of being 'reclaimed'. There are mainly compost toilets, spring water, separate organic gardens, mainly shared electricity, some share a washing machine, no management structure, fibre-optic broadband! no agreed ideology other than not to use cars on site and powered machinery on Sundays. Current age range is 2 to 70 plus.

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

Stepping Stones Housing Co-op

Stepping Stones Housing Co-op was formed in 1999 with the intention of providing secure, ecologically friendly housing to its members in a rural setting where people could live in a non-hierarchical community.

Highbury Farm is a 30 acre smallholding with a large farmhouse, extensive outbuildings, mobile homes and the possibility of low impact structures. The land comprises mainly pasture, which has greater conservation than agricultural value, though we have an historic, productive orchard and space for vegetable production. We also host camps and gatherings in our fields.

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

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