We have a small, first-floor, one-bedroom apartment coming up to rent from mid-December onwards. Please read the information below and if this is something that is of interest to you, please get in touch.
THIS IS A RENTAL OPPORTUNITY as opposed to an opportunity to buy-in to the mutual ownership model. However, it's a good way for someone (a single person or a couple) to try out community-living before taking the leap!
We don't have any two or three bedroom units to buy or rent at the moment. Please get in touch if you wish to join our waiting list.
General information regarding joining: At the core of our vision for Berry Park is the plan to develop a highly productive organic fruit and vegetable garden along with an area of Forest Garden. We work together as a community, so need members to be able to commit some of their time (ideally on a weekly basis) to the various community tasks. These range from gardening, small building projects eg compost toilets and sheds, doing holiday-let changeovers, general administration, organising events etc. It's not all work and we’re also looking for members who will join in with our social events – Happy Hour in the Games Room on Friday nights, shared meals on the lawn, chats around the fire-pit and the occasional night dancing to our favourite music.
The children are at the heart of the community and their favourite activities include art and crafting, music, a love of Harry Potter, looking after the chickens, going to the beach, dressing up and many more. Expect a fairly lively environment from dawn 'til dusk!
If you haven’t experienced community living before, you will soon discover that it is a balance of private, personal space and shared space, plans and activities. It wouldn’t suit everyone, but if it is for you then the benefits can be amazing. It’s worth noting that Welcombe is a small, rural community. The nearest town is Bude, 12 miles away, and the nearest cities are Plymouth, 52 miles, and Exeter, 59 miles. The bus stop is 3 miles away and buses are not very frequent. You would need to have your own transport. However, if you infrequently use a car, you may be able to borrow an electric car owned by 2 of our members but which is available for other members to use.
*Pets at Berry Park* - We already have some pets and other animals living on site, so it's about striking a balance between animals, people, wildlife & the physical space available. Pet personalities also come into play, so each application is considered individually.
Application Process (for when applications are open) Applicants are invited to tell us a little bit about themselves. We then send out further details about the Berry Park Project including an idea of the financial commitment required in joining our Mutual Home-Ownership Scheme. If applicants are still interested in joining the community, they are invited to join some of us us on a Zoom call in the first instance. They may then be invited to visit Berry Park, and have an opportunity to look around and meet other members.
The next step would be to share more detailed information with us, including disclosing financial information and to confirm that they would be happy to undergo a DBS check (which we need because of the children’s activities here at Berry Park). After that, applicants would be invited you to come and spend a weekend at Berry Park, providing opportunities to work with members of the community on a shared task, most likely gardening, and to share meals and talk informally to different members. It also provides opportunities to explore the surrounding area.
It’s very much a two-way process. In light of this, we would then offer the successful applicants the opportunity to come and live at Berry Park on a trial basis as Provisional Members. The trial period might be 6 months to a year, but could be as little as 3 months.
The current members of The Berry Park Community have a range of skills and interests. Some work from home and others go outside to work, either full or part-time, two are retired. The various work roles include:
Stonework and landscaping
Forest School teaching
Teacher – home educating
* Don't live on site, but are still active members of the project.
Several members are enthusiastic about arts and crafts including performance, drawing and painting, photography, knitting and spinning. Other interests include surfing, cycling and running. Many of us are passionate about music and enjoy going to festivals. We also plan to host music events showcasing the talents of those at Berry Park and other local musicians.