Last updated: April 29, 2009 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: June 15, 2006

Braziers Park

(Wallingford, England, United Kingdom)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 1948  Established: 1950
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.braziers.org.uk
  • Contact Name: The Office
  • Address:
    Braziers Park
    Ipsden
    Wallingford, England, OX10 6AN
    United Kingdom
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Check our website for basic information, and email us. Please be clear whether you wish to work or to pay.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

evolution ecology education

Community Description:

Braziers Park is a community, a residential college, and an architectural treasure hidden deep in the south Oxfordshire countryside. It was founded in 1950 as an educational trust, and is a continuing experiment in the advantages and problems of living in a group. Community members share responsibility for running the college and the estate.

“To make conscious the shape of the process of which we are a part, so that we may facilitate its development more efficiently.”

We keep sheep, pigs and chickens; we plant trees and vegetables; we live in the midst of beauty, and we eat well; we argue joyfully on good days; we argue pointlessly, and/or ignore each other on bad days. Lots of dreams and fantasies are stimulated here. There is always work to do…

Population

  • Adult Members: 23
  • Child Members: 5
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: No one path followed, and many practices are very low-key

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Other
  • Additional Comments: several identified leadership roles

    too complex to describe briefly

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 50 acres
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Current number of residences: 4
  • Additional Comments: A formal organisation with some overlap of membership

Labor and Money

  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: complex variations

    minimum 18 hrs/month.

    But those who are tenants are expected to pay their rent.

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: one-third of the comunity eat togetehr far less frequently

    occasional meat with vegetarian option

    we eat our own sheep, and other well-grown meat

    no smoking in the buildings

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.