Arlington update

Arlington application update
In autumn 2018 we opened up the applications process to find smallholders to set up farms on ELC's land in Arlington, East Sussex where we have temporary planning permission to create three new residential smallholdings on the 18.5 acre site.  

We publicised the opportunity far and wide with over 2000 people visiting our website to see the application and 150 application pack downloads.

Unfortunately, we received only a small number of completed applications. This led us to reflect on all aspects of the application process and as well as the suitability of our model. We also conducted research with potential applicants which has informed our next steps for finding the farmers that we know are out there.

We are fully committed to working with our future applicants to create these ecological small farms. To do this we needed to consider the best way of working with new-entrant farmers to ensure we’re reaching and supporting the people that we work to serve. 

We will be launching a new open-ended application process on April 15th, so watch this space!

This will open a dialogue with people interested in any of our current or future sites. It will also help us understand each other and build relationships, rather than trying to pack everything into one short application window.

We are already in conversation with more potential applicants and we invite anybody interested in applying with us for our sites in Arlington, Gower or Sparkford — or unknown future locations — to get in touch with Oliver Bettany, our membership and engagement manager,  at members@ecologicalland.coop. We are also interested to hear from potential applicants that have a plot of land in mind and need help to secure it for ecological growing.

Development work begins at Arlington 
Work has begun at Arlington with a new entrance way created, a Sussex made Sweet Chestnut Gate, an area of hardstanding and the beginnings of a pond. This will be followed by a timber frame barn construction beginning next month - thanks to the generous grants from both the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust and the Lush Permaculture and Agroecology fund which have made the building of the barn possible. The shared barn, servicing each of the three holdings, will be a British made, roundwood timber barn with solar PV panels and rainwater collection points. Exciting times as concept and design start to become reality!