Braziers Park (School of Social and Integrative Research)

Wallingford, England, United Kingdom

  • Last updated: January 28, 2016 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: June 15, 2006

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…


  • Type(s): Commune (organized around sharing almost everything), Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability), Unspecified, or Other
  • Programs & Activities: School, Educational Institute or Experience, Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming, Festivals, Conferences, Events
  • Location: Rural


  • Area: 55 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building
  • Current Number of Residences: 4
  • Land owned by: Other
  • Additional Comments:

    A formal organisation with some overlap of membership


  • Adult Members: 25
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 5
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

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

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    No one path followed, and many practices are very low-key


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Fire pit, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Special Diets OK: Sometimes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Fair Housing Laws

This community acknowledges that their listing does not include any potential violations of the Fair Housing Law, or that they do not provide housing. For any questions about this topic please see our Content Policies and contact FIC with any questions or concerns: [email protected].


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