Plants for a Future

Last updated: May 11, 2009 (6 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Plants for a Future

(Ashwater, Beaworthy, Devon, England, United Kingdom)

  • Status: Forming
  • Started Planning: 1986
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: +44-(0)1208-873554
  • Address:
    1 Lerryn View
    Ashwater, Beaworthy, Devon, England, PL22 0QJ
    United Kingdom
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Phone first.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Vegan Organic Permaculture

Community Description:

Plants for a Future is a resource center for rare and unusual plants, particularly those that have edible, medicinal, or other uses. We practice vegan-organic permaculture with emphasis on creating an ecologically sustainable environment and the use of perennial plants.
We have two pieces of land, in Devon and Cornwall, where we demonstrate our agricultural principles and carry out research into interesting plants. We are in the process of constructing an ecovillage.
The project consists of a registered charity and a workers cooperative. Many volunteers also help in the project.
There are still longterm plans to create an ecovillage, but a lot of work with planning permission needs to happen first.
Yes the workers co-op is still going. We are still looking for people who want to join the community at both of our sites. It’s just that we are more focused on the objectives of the community.


  • Adult Members: 5
  • Child Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Some members home school

Social Factors

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Trustees of Charity

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 100 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0


  • Additional Comments: For those who wish to join the “Land Club” will require a yearly fee



  • Shared meals: 1-3 times per month
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegan


  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.


  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used occasionally.


  • Additional comments: Vegetarian whilst on comunity land


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.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge