Ecological Land Co-operative

Ecological Land Co-operative’s story:

Ecological Land Co-operative is a group that came about through a business idea from SWCD (then known as SCS), and a need from the community.

Many people who were interested in living on small holdings were finding it hard to find small plots of land, hard to find land with planning permission, and hard to get planning permission on land that didn’t already have it. SWCD had the idea for a business that would buy land, get planning permission and then sell or rent it in small sections to people who wanted to live and work on the land. Alex from SWCD helped to organise the initial steering group, and sat on the board of directors to help the group get off the ground.

Timeline

  • 2009: SWCD helped to register as the second Somerset Rules user, and supported a share offer to enable the purchase of 22 acres of land on the Somerset/ Devon border.
  • 2013: After a long process and an appeal, planning permission for the site was granted and the first smallholders moved onto the site towards the end of the year.
  • 2015: SWCD supported with another share offering, bringing the total number of investors up to 111, with investment of £326,350 between equity and loans. After using some of this money to support with the recruitment of ELC’s first staff member, SWCD was able to take a step back.

What we thought about working with Ecological Land Co-op

Quote from Steve or Alex about the work we have done

What ELC thought about working with us

Alex Lawrie was an integral part of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) for over 15 years. One of the original founders, Alex went on to contribute as a consultant, and non-executive director. Alex was instrumental in developing the ELC’s business model, and its first two business plans and share offers. He advised the ELC’s Board of Directors on governance, writing and registering the ELC’s founding and amended rules. Alex also provided facilitation on countless occasions.

Alex was an outstanding advisor and has exceptional facilitation skills. His knowledge, leadership, and dedication were critical to the establishment and growth of the ELC, and it was truly a privilege to collaborate with him.

To find out more about Ecological Land Co-op:

South West Co-operative Development Limited
Registered as a Community Benefit Society: 31193R
Registered office address:
10 East Reach,
Taunton
TA1 3EW
Office phone: 0300 456 2265
Email: development@southwest.coop

What we thought about working with Ecological Land Co-op

Quote from Alex or Steve

What ELC thought about working with us

Alex Lawrie was an integral part of the Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) for over 15 years. One of the original founders, Alex went on to contribute as a consultant, and non-executive director. Alex was instrumental in developing the ELC’s business model, and its first two business plans and share offers. He advised the ELC’s Board of Directors on governance, writing and registering the ELC’s founding and amended rules. Alex also provided facilitation on countless occasions.

Alex was an outstanding advisor and has exceptional facilitation skills. His knowledge, leadership, and dedication were critical to the establishment and growth of the ELC, and it was truly a privilege to collaborate with him.