Ecological Land Co-operative

The purpose of this Share Offer is to raise £340,000 in community shares to fund the acquisition and development of affordable, low-impact, agro-ecological smallholdings.

ELC - What They Do

What they do

The Ecological Land Co-operative was set up to address the lack of affordable smallholding sites for ecological land-based livelihoods in England. Read more

Financial performance

The Ecological Land Co-operative is looking to raise £340,000 through this offer to purchase two additional sites and develop them into providing six affordable, low impact smallholdings for ecological agriculture.


First interest payment

December 2017

Forecast return

3% interest per year

Social performance

Improving the ecology and biodiversity of marginal agricultural land, creating opportunities for low-impact livelihoods and improving the resilience of communities through local food production.


  • Key social performance indicator

    80 acres

    of renewed land made up of 12 ecologically managed, off grid, low impact smallholdings ready for new farmers to produce good, healthy food for local markets.

Governance and people

Who benefits

The Ecological Land Co-operative seeks to widen access to land for sustainable use through the creation of affordable low-impact smallholdings. The high costs of land and rural housing make it near impossible for new entrants to farming to establish a farm business. By providing affordable and secure smallholdings, we are helping to address this crisis.


  • Those who benefit include Co-op members, the broader networks of environmental and agricultural activists, stewards (smallholders), the physical communities in which smallholding sites are located and the wider public.

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