Welcome to the Steward Community Woodland website
***2015 PLANNING APPLICATION - LATEST***
After 15 years of successful experimentation in sustainable living, we applied to the Dartmoor National Park Authority for permanent planning permission to be able to continue this project into the future with certainty. Steward Community Woodland is a demonstration of:
* off-grid living – using natural resources for fuel, building materials, water, power
* composting, reusing and recycling
* low impact homes and way of life
* community building
* transitioning to a sustainable future
Unfortunately the DNPA refused our application on 10th April. We may go on to appeal this decision - watch this space.
We are Steward Community Woodland, a group of people who are living and working together and have been experimenting with...
- permaculture food growing and land use
- community dynamics
- renewable energy and appropriate technology
- building our own dwellings using low-impact materials
- small-scale woodland management
- experiential and home education
We live on 32 acres of plantation woodland on a steep hillside, located in the beautiful Wray Valley on the edge of Dartmoor. The community was founded in 2000 and is currently twelve adults and nine children.
There are several ways you can arrange a visit...
Volunteering - most of our visitors initially come as volunteers, exchanging volunteer time for food and accommodation. This is open to anyone; prior booking is essential. Volunteer weeks coming up are: week commencing 18th May, 29th June, 14th Sept, 28th Sept, 19th Oct, 9th Nov, 30th Nov 2015 (NB. weeks in winter may be cancelled if weather very cold).
You can donate money to the project here.