How are we benefiting the community?
Sacred Earth is an organisation with social, educational, agricultural, ecological and therapeutic aims. Read about some of the benefits of the work we do in these areas.
Sacred Earth Community Benefit Society
Community support and co-operation are values which are at the heart of everything we do at Sacred Earth. To help us continue meeting our objectives and to encourage more members of the community to get involved, in 2016 we became a Community Benefit Society – an organisation which has community values and accountability built right into its manifesto and its operating principles.
Our experienced and hard-working management team continue to guide and nurture all our projects and ensure we’re staying true to our aims, but we’re owned by the community through a community share scheme, and members have a say in how the organisation is run.
Community shares have proved a powerful way for people to take control of the things that really matter to them – from starting new community enterprises to saving vital assets in their local area like shops, pubs and libraries; the valuable institutions which bring and hold communities together and make resilient, strong, supportive and inclusive.
September share offer
We’re delighted that our share offer in September 2016 was a fantastic success, an opportunity for a whole range of people with different backgrounds and interests (local residents, food growers, nature lovers, permaculture enthusiasts, land activists and parents and grandparents concerned about the planet our children will inherit) to get involved in a project which is working hard to bring in to the centre of our culture the importance of connecting ecology with agriculture, education and health in order to build healthy and resilient communities.
We successfully raised more than £40,000 through the sale of community shares. This was match funded with a £20,000 loan and £20,000 grant we received via the Just Growth funding programme. Over the few two years the money we raised will be invested in tools, infrastructure and skills to support a variety of new projects on the land, with the ultimate aim of creating a profitable, sustainable, ecological, community owned business.