We are not taking any more applications for members as have a family joining us for a trial in Spring – thanks for all that have expressed interest.
Landmatters is looking for community minded growers, craftspeople, good “all rounders”, woodsmen/carpenters and hands on people experienced in outdoors and low impact living. Currently we have more females than males so are hoping to redress the balance in our members..
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. There are currently 9 adults and 7 children (all between 0 and 13) resident on site, and often visiting volunteers (WWOOFERs). We aim to use permaculture design methods in the planning of our activities and land use.
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 commitments at present are approximately twelve hours a week.
5. We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint (at the last reckoning we were at 1.3 planets). We are limited to 5 vehicles by our planning permission, and our transport policy requires that all vehicles are shared. Visitors are asked to come by public transport whenever possible. We try to minimise our own use of vehicles.
6. Decisions are made, and meetings are run, by consensus, and the desire and ability to co-operate is essential.
7. Meetings happen twice a week. “Councils”, which all members are required to attend, are every 6 weeks or so. Councils are a method of airing interpersonal issues so they don’t linger in the community.
8.We have a process of conflict resolution that members agree to adhere to on joining.
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 goats, linking with other relevant orgs, 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 activities.
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.
Let us know if you’re still interested… please contact via email or call 01803 712718 for a chat