We are not taking applications for members at the moment.
Landmatters is a registered Co-operative, with primary and secondary rules.
We bought the site in 2003 and we’ve been living here since 2005. In 2007 we
got temporary planning permission for 3 years for 8 low-impact dwellings. In
April 2011 we were given a further 5 years’ permission, and in April 2016 we
were granted permanent permission.
There are currently 10 adults and 9 children (between 0 and 17) resident on
site, and often visiting volunteers.
Our current constitution (written in 2002) states that Landmatters aims “to
manage all land in a sustainable fashion so as to enhance the diversity,
productivity and beauty of the landscape in accordance with the principals of
organic horticulture, conservation and permaculture, so providing a rich,
healthy, stable and supportive environment for the benefit and happiness of
present and future generations”.
1. Successful prospective members are invited to take part in a minimum 6
month trial period. If, after this trial, all parties are happy and would
like to proceed with full membership, this will be granted.
2. If granted full membership you will pay a membership fee of £3500 each,
payment schedule negotiable.
3. New members are asked to have completed a full Permaculture Design Course.
4.The communal work commitment at present is a minimum of twelve hours a week.
5. Decisions are made, and meetings are run, by consensus, and the desire and
ability to co-operate is essential.
6. We have one meeting a week and all members are required to
attend Way of Council. Councils are a method of airing interpersonal issues so they don’t linger in the community.
7. We have a process of conflict resolution that members agree to adhere to on
Activities/Work at Landmatters
9. We are developing land-based livelihoods, as required by our planning
consent, and also so that we spend the majority of our time on site. Some
people work a day or two per week off site, others do occassional casual work,
but commuting to a job everyday is not allowed.
10. Our main activities at present (though this is not an exhaustive list)
are: building infrastructure, horticulture, forestry, land management for
biodiversity, tours and open days, educational courses, working with
volunteers, looking after our children, sheep and horses, linking with other
relevant organisations, learning about and practicing permaculture, and fostering a connection to the natural environment in ourselves, our children and visitors.
11. We have a public profile, are open to visitors, host courses, and are a
Permaculture Association of Britain Learning And Network Demonstration (LAND)
site. At various times people come along to research and observe our
12. The project is constantly evolving, money has to be fundraised or earned,
seasons set the pace and there is always too much to do.
If you’re still reading this we can also tell you that the landscape is
stunning, the views enormous, and the land diverse and very beautiful.
If you would like to register an interest in future membership please email us
via this website.