For a Living, Working Countryside

Raising Funds for Future Farms

The Ecological Land Co-operative invites the public to invest in future-proof smallholdings. We launched a new share offer on Monday 3rd April to fund the development of more small-scale, ecological farms.

UPDATE 22nd May 2017 - Thank you to everyone who has invested in our community share offer so far - we have raised an amazing £224,651 in seven weeks. We are now only 3 weeks away from the close on Monday June 12th and we still really need your support to reach our target. Visit our profile on ethical investment platform Ethex to find out more and invest.

The average age of today’s farmer is 59 according to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. The modern farmer faces increasing pressures from a globalised market. It is the belief of the ELC that there are other ways to grow and work the land. And many of those wishing to do so are young but are priced out from purchasing land or getting a foot-hold into land-based business. The ELC work to provide new entrants to agriculture with a realistic chance.

Based on the success of our first cluster of small farms at Greenham Reach, Devon, we plan to create a series of new ecological smallholdings between now and 2020.

The 2017 Share Offer aims to generate funds for the development of two new clusters of small farms. This will result in the ELC managing a total of 12 smallholdings across four sites.

We are looking to raise between £120,000 to £340,000 to carry out this work. We are delighted to be working with Ethex — the positive savings and investment platform that makes it easy to make money do good. Investors are offered 3% in interest on share capital annually.

For more information and terms and conditions please read the full share offer document. and our updated business plan.

As a co-operative we rely on each other to create the kind of world we want to see. If you have any questions about our work or would like to invest by alternative means get in touch with

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For a Living, Working Countryside

Our mission is to provide affordable opportunities for ecological land-based businesses in the UK. We support rural regeneration by developing affordable sites for farming, forestry and other rural enterprises which are viable and ecologically beneficial.

Here is our current Business Plan , which sets out our goals and plans until 2020. We intend to have developed around 20 new smallholdings within this period.

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