Opportunity for new entrants to ecological farming

The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is seeking 3 tenants for its first 3 residential smallholdings for new entrants to ecological agriculture. Holdings range from approx. 6-9 acres each. The holdings will be allocated through an application process in which interested people are asked to complete an application form and if short-listed, assemble, with ELC’s help, a business plan for their land-based business. The deadline for applications is the end of the day, 19th July. The leaseholds will cost £60,000-£65,000 (depending on the plot). This includes building plot, use of a shared barn, water supply, and biological waste water treatment.

The plots will be sold with a five year temporary planning permission for agricultural residency – tenants would have permission to build a low impact temporary dwelling (more details in the information pack). Before the five years has elapsed and assuming the project is demonstrating growing productivity and viability (environmental, social and economic), ELC would apply for a permanent permission. ELC will work with tenants to help ensure that sites develop in this way.

If you are interested in self-building an eco-home, establishing a land-based livelihood and being part of a pioneering eco-hamlet and co-operative then you can

— download an application pack from ELC’s website

— email iwanttofarm@ecologicalland.coop or

— call Zoe on 07963 955 338.

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