Home Permaculture Photos Heating Willow Shop Blog Webmail Course Links Contact Studio
sustainable housing since 1995
Croeso, Welcome to Chickenshack
a fully mutual limited company
Chickenshack is a fully mutual housing co-operative based in the Dysynni valley in North Wales since August 1995. We have 6 full time members here and between us we manage 5 acres of land and four dwellings, working to an ever evolving permaculture inspired environmentally efficient design.
Fully mutual (par value) housing co-operative simply means that it is owned and managed by a limited company, of which the tenants are the sole directors. It is only £1.00 to join and qualify for membership according the co-ops seconadary rules, in return for a fair rent and attendance of management meetings as required.
Co-ops are part of a grand tradition of democratic and social institutions that provide a useful and often more sustainable alternative to private ownership.
We are actively work towards an energy efficient and sustainable home; this includes a solar & biomass heating system, an organic veggie garden and orchard and we manage a meadow, a small woodland and willow coppice as well as a natural wetland organically.
We have a growing interest in sustainable business, local food and energy and livlihoods, as well as running courses utilising the facilities here.
We are involved in the Machynllwth transition town project
bit more about Co-ops
More importantly as the property is essentially owned by itself there is no greedy landlord to feed, so rents are low, at Chickenshack we aim to make to small surplus each year over our basic costs which can be reinvested back into maintaining and improving the buildings and land.
None of this could have been achieved without the advice and support from Catalyst collective and Radical Routes and its member co-ops. The later of wich CSHC were active members of between '93 - '99, and we still support and promote their objects. We actively network locally with other co-ops in Wales and the borders. See the Blog for updates
The name is inspired by a love of the Delta blues and by association, with celebration and survival in the face of adversity. Chickenshack is our place to roost, solid ground on which to build foundations, maybe even lay a few eggs.
Officially Chickenshack is a par value, tenant managed housing co-op, and limited mutual company. We currently own one property in Rhoslefain in North Wales which is full time home to 6 people, and part time home for a few more. We are not currently looking for new members but we do have a volunteer program and the intent to register with WWOOF volunteers network.
Chickenshack members are active in all sorts of areas, including co-operative development, supporting vulnerable people, personal development through outdoor pursuits, environmental education and charity management and related services. We also run a webhosting service for community and voluntary groups and occasionally host courses.
We are open to meeting new people with similar interests and encourage you to get in touch if you have a genuine interest in housing co-ops, permaculture and all that malarchy. Use the links below to find answers to questions about renewable energy sytems and housing co-ops and alternative finance and to find our more about this area.
our bookshop for a collection