May 2019. My husband and I are interested in co-purchasing some land in west Wales, with a view to building sustainable and beautiful environment with earthships/cob homes in a loosely interdependent community. We are looking for people who like the Aberystwyth area (it’s not far from there) and who can put approx GBP50k (whether in hand or via a loan) into a joint purchase. The land is not currently zoned agricultural so planning may be easier than for agri. We are thinking that maybe five additional interested parties (either singles or couples) would about do it for c. 4 acres each with a couple of acres for ‘common’ areas, driveway etc, but we are open to either helping each other out to make the most of the land resource by coordinating efforts, or just ensuring we have like-minded, greenie neighbours. The land has mature trees and landscaping and mulitple water sources, so it’s not a bare sheep paddock.
We are interested in permaculture systems with a natural swimming pool, growing mushrooms for sale, having a garden with plants geared towards bee keeping related businesses and plants for natural dyeing and medicinal herbs. I would like to develop ‘slow clothes’ for my own use but also for sale if there’s enough – from hemp and linen and maybe wool. My husband is kowledgeable in permaculture, water and sewage treatment, health and nutrition, nursing and many other things – a useful person to have around! We are doing a cob building course shortly to learn the techniques, but are also interested in earthships for the ‘recycle’ factor. We are both learn-a-holics so we are always keen to learn new skills. We have done some research into alternative finance methods for eco-builds. We are interested in working out with co-buyers how we might make multiple incomes from the land, using permitted developments perhaps to have eco-holiday lets or permaculture retreats or similar in the future, but the vision doesn’t have to be grand to get started – we are looking for people who want a slice of some lovely, affordable, imminently productive land and are keen to do a sustainable and beautiful eco-build.
If this is of interest, please reach out asap so we can discuss.
We are going ahead anyway as we are trying to negotiate a portion of the land if no-one else is keen, so this is definitely a happening thing.
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