The Hoathly Hill Community is on the border of East and West Sussex, set in the beautiful High Weald, between the two villages of West Hoathly and Sharpthorne.

Hoathly Hill Association Ltd, the freeholder of the estate, is a private residents association that is run collaboratively by the residents. All the properties are on long leases (999 years from 1986, when the Association was set up). There are currently about 70 people of all ages living at Hoathly Hill with 27 households and 25 acres of land.

Residents have the use of the estate’s communal areas which include a walled flower garden, a herb garden and a play area for children including a new, wooden playground and a basketball practice court. There are vegetable allotments and community buildings used for community events and yoga, meditation and other therapies. A thriving home-schooling initiative exists for Hoathly Hill and local families, and also there is a mother & toddler group. One of the families runs a smallholding with chickens, cattle and sheep.

The Community was originally founded by a group of people with a vision for community living supportive of home life and initiative taking. Many were committed to the philosophy of Rudolf Steiner, an Austrian thinker who founded Steiner Waldorf schools, biodynamic agriculture, anthroposophical medicine and much more.

5 of the 33 leases at Hoathly Hill are under the stewardship of Hoathly Hill Trust which is a charitable organisation facilitating and supporting community, environmental educational projects, such as The Sculpture Studio, The Forest Garden, The Herb Garden, The Bee Garden, Hoathly Hill Community Supported Agriculture, Pericles Theatre Company and The Elderly Project.

There is a Community-run biomass heating system fuelled by local woodchip, that provides heating and hot water for all the homes and buildings.

Contact details: Helena Ford 07807 578217

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