Our Vision

We want to restore a more resilient bio-diversity that we are an integral part of, living with nature, intimately linked with the immediate ecology on which we depend for our sustenance, warmth and shelter. We believe that a regenerative approach to land management that is founded upon an understanding of the foundational role of fungi can serve as a basis to reinvigorate a wider social and cultural evolution.

Over the next 5 years we envision the land hosting at least 2 unique low-impact dwellings to house a community committed to working the land, and maximising biological interactions and genetic diversity.  The Coed Talylan Land Trust (CTLT) will provide a long-term leasehold to the Coed Talylan Housing Co-operative for the residents to collaborate in building their homes.  The gardens, that provide food for the residents, will increase to a size of over an acre, producing an excess that can be sold locally. All electricity will be generated on-site through a combination of solar, wind and hydro powering the households with enough surplus to be used by various micro-enterprises on the land.

A genuinely “Eco-Campsite” and retreat centre will welcome Members of the CTLT who support the mode of development demonstrated here and desire to gain a better understanding of how they might work towards a similar goal.

The CTLT will work to encourage these supporters to adopt and adapt the structure we have designed making our all documentation open source through the co-operative network.

The increased capacity of the mushroom cultivation facilities will provide an extensive range of gourmet and medicinal mushrooms locally and nationally with added value products creating a diverse income for the residents.

The 30 acre fungal restoration project, the Refungium, will be an on-going opportunity member led volunteer engagemnet in establishing a diversity of habitats in this nature reserve and model innovative techniques for the proliferation of fungal species.

Our Objectives

1. To enable the construction of 2 exemplary low-impact houses

Permission has already been granted for one household.  We will seek permission for a further household developing innovative designs that utilise local materials and “zero carbon” methods.  The cost and management of the these low impact dwellings will be met by the residents, not the CTLT, and co-ordinated through the Coed Talylan Housing Co-operative.

2. Construct a micro-enterprise extension of the existing mushroom processing facility

Planning permission has already been granted for the 80sq.m extension that will include an automated mushroom grow room, food drying facility and further storage/work space.

3. Install a micro hydro system as part of a “mini-grid” localised energy supply

There are two Pelton Wheel turbines previously constructed by a local engineer. These, or an alternative turbine system, could be powered by a 300m pipeline from the Nant Celynog stream.

4. Create a pioneering eco-campsite for Members of the CTLT

We welcome visiting members we will provide an immersive wild camping experience as well as 4 small cabin like dwellings exemplifying zero carbon construction sympathetic to the landscape. These cabins will also be used for accommodation for researchers and trainees.

5. Course and Training Centre

With the additional improved infrastructure we will provide a wider range of training opportunities covering different aspects of sustainability and low impact development.

 6. Create an “Open Source” legal, governance and financial model that will serve as a template for similar initiatives

The process of adapting the structure of the organisation and developing the tools and documentation to realise the project will be shared throughout the co-operative network.

7. Provisioning the Mychorrhizosphere

Experimenting with an adaptation of Natural Agriculture we will support the developement of an innovative approach to horticulture that prioritises the proliferation of mychorrizhal fungi.

8. Refungium – Establish a 30 acre fungal restoration project

The CTLT will support the development of a pioneering approach to habitat and biodiversity management tha tis centred around the increase of fungal bio-diversity as a primary management objective.