Brithdir Mawr became a community in 1994 when Julian and Emma Orbach purchased the property together with the land at auction. The focus of the community soon evolved to meeting as many of our needs as possible from the land and we now grow most of our own vegetables and fruit, plant and coppice our own firewood and generate all of the electricity we use from the river, sun and wind.

Since the early days many people have come and gone, some staying for just a short time, some for as long as 20 years. During this time Brithdir Mawr has welcomed thousands of visitors including friends and family, volunteers, course participants, event attendees and students on Permaculture Design courses.

Most went away with very fond memories of this special land and having learnt something new about sustainable living, reducing their carbon footprint or growing food without the use of chemicals. We, in turn, have learnt from them and always seek to improve what we do here.

The original lease that the housing cooperative was granted comes to an end in December this year. To move forward into the future we have created a Community Benefit Society (CBS) who will eventually own the property here at Brithdir Mawr. The current owner has generously granted the CBS a 5 year lease, giving it time to build it’s profile and raise the money needed to buy the property. The housing cooperative will continue to live and grow here on the land, but as a separate entity to the new CBS. The CBS is planning a number of ventures, growing food for the wider community through a Community Supported Agriculture scheme, providing support and care for vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, and by providing a space for people to hire for their celebrations and events. Through these projects the CBS will create an income needed to run a Community Share Offer which we hope you will want to be involved in.

Later this year the CBS will be launching a Community Share Offer where you can become a shareholder member. We’re hoping to attract thousands of people to become our new landlords! Together, as a community, we can enable Brithdir Mawr to thrive and this land to make a positive difference to our society and to the environment in which we live.

We need people to invest in our Community Share Offer, we need people to make a noise about us, and we need help with marketing and making it all happen. If you want to be kept informed of update, if you want to talk to us about any of this or if you can help us out in any way please do send an email to

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