"We repeatedly see entrants to farming struggle to get access to land, planning or finance. ELC have an excellent strategy, helping new entrants overcome all of these. Their model will get more land into productive, ecological management"
Kate Swade, Director, Shared Assets
The Ecological Land Cooperative was set up to address the lack of small farm sites for affordable, ecological land-based livelihoods in England and Wales. There is an enormous disconnect between the combined cost of land and rural housing, and the income that is usually derived from sustainable rural livelihoods.
When the ELC purchases agricultural land, they draw on the advice of organic horticulturalists and farmers, ecologists, soil experts, transport advisors, planners, prospective customers, the local community, and those with local knowledge. They then establish a new smallholding cluster, with a binding ecological management plan in perpetuity.