ELC Smallholder Interest Questionnaire
As we prepare our smallholder application process for our next sites in East Sussex, the Gower and Somerset (all going well with planning permission!) we would like to find out some more information about our potential smallholders.

We have put together this simple questionnaire to be completed by those that are considering applying to be smallholders with us.

By completing this questionnaire it will help us understand what sites you might be interested in, or if none of the above where in the UK you would like us be looking for land. We would also like to understand more about the experience and potential business plans of those that would like to apply. It will be incredibly useful for us in preparing our planning applications to have this information. It should take 5-10 minutes maximum to complete.

It's important to underline that this is not the application process itself so there is no expectation to prepare any business plans that don't already exist, it is for us to assess the level of interest and understand more about who would like to be smallholders with us.

In terms of our search for smallholders for our second site, we are not looking for smallholders just yet but will be soon when the planning permission for the site in Arlington, East Sussex is secured (fingers crossed!)- we are currently preparing for our appeal which will be in the form of a public enquiry in September.

Once we have permission and we announce the call out for applications you will be able to see the full criteria for smallholders. As a rough idea the criteria are that smallholders have two years practical experience - and the planning will be tied with agricultural businesses, that is producing food, or other products from the land. Anybody that completes this questionnaire will automatically be alerted to the application process.

Our planning application for our third site on the Gower peninsular in Wales is being prepared and a purchase of a fourth site in Somerset is in process so watch this space for news on those.

In the meantime you may be interested to read our full business plan (http://ecologicalland.coop/plan) which details our timescale and financial plan, and you can also see the different payment plans for future smallholders.

Read more about our work at http://ecologicalland.coop/

Any questions email us on communications@ecologicalland.coop

Email address *
Full name *
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Phone number *
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Postcode *
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Please describe your experience of farming/growing/land-based enterprises. Include any relevant training or education *
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Are you interested in applying to be a smallholder at our site in Arlington, East Sussex? *
Are you interested in applying to be a smallholder at our site on the Gower, Wales? *
Are you interested in applying to be a smallholder at a (potential) site in South Somerset? *
Are you interested in applying to be a smallholder at a (potential) site in Cornwall? *
If none of the above, where in England or Wales would you be looking to establish your smallholding?
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Please describe the land-based businesses you would be looking to pursue if applying for an ELC smallholding. *
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Do you have a business plan for your proposed enterprise? *
How many people would be in your household? *
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If you're interested in applying for any of our sites, would you be in a financial position and ready to start developing your smallholding in 2019?
Have you read the Ecological Land Cooperative business plan and understood the rough costs involved in renting or buying a lease for a smallholding? http://ecologicalland.coop/plan *
Is there any other information you think it would be useful to share with us?
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