The Kindling Trust was registered in March 2007 as a not-for-profit social enterprise with charitable aims, we are currently working together on a number of events and seeking funding to further develop a detailed business plan.
Over the next four years we aim to establish a rural base in the Northwest of England to work towards a just, ecologically sustainable and low carbon society, and to act as a catalyst for positive social change. Our work will focus on the following themes:
Sustainable Production: by supporting and establishing a rural social enterprise zone and promoting network production, as a demonstration of a viable local economic system that brings together the countryside and the city, revitalising communities and encouraging local resilience.
Sustainable Living: by demonstrating that it is possible to live well whilst minimising the ecological impact of our actions and acknowledging the need to share global resources more equitably, recognising rights, equality and responsibilities at a local and international level.
Sustainable Activism: by promoting a way of working and living that enables everyone to take part and have their say, dealing with problems at their root cause and supporting people to develop their ideas and push for positive social change.
The foundations of this project will be a farm complex, near an urban centre like Manchester, with approximately one hundred hectares of land. We aim to purchase in late 2011, and develop the project over the next five to seven years.
No one element of our proposal is unique, all methods, business concepts and technologies are tried and tested, what is pioneering is the bringing together of all these ingredients into one place and one project for the Northwest of England.
Please follow each section of the In Pratice menu to find out more about each particular theme: Sustainable Production, Sustainable Living and Sustainable Activism.