Low Impact Living
Since Trelay Cohousing was first formed, work has been done to reduce the carbon footprint of the site. This has included installing solar panels, air and ground source heat pumps, as well as a reed bed sewage system. Members reduce their needs for environmentally-damaging material goods by sharing many items. We try to produce very little landfill waste and we compost our garden waste.
With cows, pigs, chickens and sheep to look after there is never a dull moment on the farm! Some animals are kept as pets, some are sustainably reared to produce milk or meat, and others are used to keep the grass under control.
Site Upgrade and Maintenance
Vast amounts of building and maintenance work have been undertaken to make Trelay such an amazing place to live. Projects have included building a meditation hut, creating a pizza oven, and using old freezers and pallets to make compost areas.
There is a large vegetable garden with over 30 beds for crops! A mixture of raised beds and no dig areas, combined with planned crop rotation, means we are able to successfully grow a wide range of different veggies. We also have many fruit trees and bushes around the site, alongside a Forest Garden and Orchard.
A large poly-tunnel means we can grow some crops all year round. During the warmer months we produce an abundance of tomatoes, cucumbers, chillies and salad crops.
There is always someone to chat with over a cuppa, and someone to hug if you're feeling sad. We get together for a range of reasons - mostly just because we enjoy spending time together. Our social calendar is varied and changes throughout the year depending on the weather. Recent highlights have included summer BBQs, a Pudding Party, and a 1930s Murder Mystery evening!