A revolutionary ecovillage for the 21st century
Have you ever wondered why ecovillage projects are so small? Have you ever
wanted to be among 250 families living separately but sharing the management
of several hundred acres? Yes? Welcome to The Manor.
The Manor is a small group of people connected with
Ecovillage Network UK
that share a practical dream. That dream is to take the medieval open field
village (a similar system, Crofting, still operates in the Scottish Highlands)
and bring it into th 21st century. To blend the best of the old with the
best of the new.
The project will conform to
thought-through criteria ensuring that it is socially and ecologically
sustainable into the indefinite future.
When England was originally settled by tribal peoples they knew it made sense
to operate as a collective. No one individual owned any land but each family
unit had security of tenure of their home and surrounding gardens, they shared
space in the fields and paid no rent to anyone because the land is a free
gift to mankind.
The manor will:
provide a mix of pre-built and self build eco-homes
practically honour the spiritual principle 'love thy neighbour'
give security of tenure to all residents free of rent
manage land as a collective, using traditional stints
grow organic food and trade with the surrounding area
have a centre with shops, inn, library and medical facilities
encourage housebuilding suitable for extended families
give members the chance to design and build their own home
have plenty of work units as well as home working facilities
supply its own water and power and treat/recycle all waste
take time over big decisions and seek God's guidance
be economically and culturally autonomous
be accessible to those on a low or no income
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