Do you own land that you would like to protect from harm into the future?
“The earth shall be a common treasury for us all.”
— Gerard Winstanley
You may be stewarding your land carefully at present and building the life, beauty and fertility of your land. In the future, it could be sold for personal profit and used for other purposes. The Biodynamic Land Trust is a not for profit organisation set up to take responsibility for the long-term care of land, for nature and generations ahead.
How does it work?
You may give your land to the land trust to take care of. You can do this in your will as a legacy or you can give it during your life time.
You or your family can continue to live and work on the land and to operate your farm enterprise.
The Biodynamic Land Trust is exploring possibilities such as:
- Progressively renting out increasing areas to a starter farmer or a CSA or other community group
- A partnership with a young farmer to help the farmer retire and end up leasing, selling or donating the farm to the Biodynamic Land Trust (or the young farmer). The Biodynamic Land Trust can offer long-term solutions.
- Share farming arrangements
- A community buy-out with the Biodynamic Land Trust with a new farmer leasing it when the farmer retires.
And many other tailor-made solutions are possible so that the farm continues in sustainable farming and as the sort of place you want it to be. The agreement between the Land Trust and future farmers will be free from the pressures of paying for land but will require farmers to work to the highest quality farming methods.
Is the land safe?
The Biodynamic Land Trust is incorporated and regulated so that the people that manage it cannot personally profit from increases in the trust’s land value from development or any other activity. They are legally required to steward the land according to the objectives of the trust to protect the environment and support biodynamic farming and education.
If you are interested to consider this arrangement for your land, please telephone the office: 01453 367233 and we can explain further how the Biodynamic Land Trust operates.