Trelay farm is a Cohousing Community in Crackington Haven, Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Trelay is situated in rolling countryside with views along a wooded valley to the sea. There is a profusion of wild flowers and wildlife in the farm’s woodland and tree-lined banks. It is a working small-holding surrounded by its own 32 acres of land, with pigs, chickens, cows, sheep and various renewable energy projects. The farm grows fruit and vegetables following sustainable and organic principles.
Cohousing is a way of living which consciously brings individuals and families together to share common aims and activities, while also enjoying their own self-contained accommodation and personal space. Communities are a means of compensating for the alienating effects of modern life, where neighbours don’t recognise each other and where day-to-day collaboration is minimal. They offer particular benefits for children in terms of secure play-space and shared activities with their peers. Older people can also find companionship and mutual support.