Furzehill Community Meeting

Ecological Land Cooperative Community Meeting

We invite you to come and help shape an exciting new opportunity for growers and farmers on Gower

The Ecological Land Cooperative (ELC), a not-for-profit social enterprise has purchased an 18-acre site on Gower, a site called ‘Furzehill’ near Lunnon. We would like to invite you to a community meeting to discuss our plans for the fields.

Wednesday 17th July
Barham Centre, Mount Pisgah, Parkmill, SA3 2EQ
5pm – 7pm

The Ecological Land Cooperative’s goal is to create affordable ecological small farms for new entrants to farming – those that would not be able to afford to buy a house in the countryside but who wish to earn a living through farming.

It is our intention to apply for temporary planning permission for the Furzehill site to create two residential small farms and one residential farm training project working alongside Cae Tan CSA. We will create a Section 106 agreement that legally ties the holding residents to operate a viable agricultural business.  If after five years the businesses are a success, we will apply for permanent permission. With permanent permission, the smallholders will be able to build permanent dwellings within a set footprint and height, and working to ecological principles. The households will also be legally tied to an ecological management plan and an annual monitoring process as part of their lease.

The intention of the meeting is to consult with the local community about our plans, answer any questions, listen to any concerns and create a dialogue with local residents.

Read this pamphlet for an overview of our model

If you are unable to attend but would like to get in touch, to raise a question or to show your support then please don't hesitate to contact us at sonia@ecologicalland.coop or 01273 766 672.