South Downs Eco Cooperative was formed in December 2012 by a group of friends who share the desire to demonstrate that it’s possible to transform our way of living together. In 2013 we legalised our organisation as a fully mutual housing cooperative. This means that our project will be jointly owned in perpetuity by the cooperative.
The Co-operative have found an initial site on the edge of Brighton with three hectares of downland. Unfortunately, the site we’ve purchased so far will not offer housing potential for more than a few members in a shared house, but we remain determined to look for other opportunities to pursue a longer term cohousing project for 10-20 households.
At the same time, we intend to develop the existing site as an initial project, to explore, demonstrate and share different dimensions of change and sustainable living such as: local food production and consumption, appropriate environmental technology, care for wildlife and biodiversity, eco-sustainable and affordable building design and interconnected community processes from the local to the global. The project will have an educational focus, and contribute to community enjoyment of the South Downs.