Park Ecovillage Trust (PET)
Thinking Ahead: Making Sustainability Real
Imagine a group of highly skilled community members with long-term experience, deep knowledge of sustainability and being enthusiastically committed to a carbon neutral community; determined to walk their environmental talk by putting it into action in big projects. That is how I (Adriana) see PET.
PET is one of those organisations in The Park, Findhorn, which is involved in several sustainable projects, but which is still quite unknown. Many community members did not even know PET existed or what it does.
In a talk with director Roger Doudna it becomes clear their ideals and results are high, but maybe ‘PET’ needs to be a bit more visible. About his role he says: “in PET I do the carbon neutral part. We are looking for projects that support us as a community to achieve carbon neutrality. This would be a great step, joining a very small band who have reached that. In doing so, we are contributing our bit to minimize climate change. For this of course we work together with lots of other community groups, like Duneland and Ekopia. We look at developing the role of PET as the core charity serving the community. Also, within PET we explore the implications of sociocracy”. Roger’s little barrelhouse —a building project he initiated and brought as the first into The Park— is decorated with stickers. His favourite slogan: ‘Sustainability: the final frontier’.
Legal status: A ‘company limited by guarantee’ with charitable status. Board of seven directors: David Hammond (Acting Chair), Cornelia Featherstone (Housing focaliser) Eian Smith, Jonathan Chuter, Dorota Owen, Fasil Bogale (finances) and Roger Doudna. Liz Egan (Company secretary)
Year founded: 2009 Initiator Jonathan Dawson set up the charity.
Premises: no business premises; board meets periodically in different locations. PET holds the ownership of the affordable houses for the community.
Website: http://parkecovillagetrust.co.uk (last updated 2012). No flyers or brochures.
Members: Around 74. Membership costs 1 Eko or £ 1 (“if you must”). Membership forms at General Office.
Contact: PET, c/o 45 The Park, Findhorn, Forres, Moray IV36 3TZ, t: 0131 463 1711
A community that demonstrates a thriving, sustainable, loving way of life.
To serve community initiatives that advance social and/or environmental sustainability. To support and promote educational initiatives, To provide affordable housing. To pursue carbon neutrality. To cultivate community development and to encourage environmental protection and improvement.
Primarily seeking grants for community projects.
Main activities/projects in past years, now completed:
1 Eco-Kit educational Project(s) Moray schools, over a period of 3 years 2010-12
2 The Eco-Forum project, (funded by the Climate Challenge Fund) 2013
3 The Estonia project, (run in collaboration with Moray Council and the British Council.) 2-year project 2013/4
4 Four Community Owned Affordable Homes in East Whins, including 2 community care flats and 2 shared ownership houses in 2012/13.
Scotland, Findhorn, 2015, February 23
Group of people: Board of Directors of PET – Park Ecovillage Trust, at Community Centre, The Park : Names top row, fr left: Fasil Bogale (finances), Cornelia Featherstone (Housing focaliser), Eian Smith, Jonathan Chuter, on bottom row, fr left: David Hammond (Acting Chair), Roger Doudna.
Not on photo: Dorota Owen
What are the main activities for this and coming year:
– Secure grant funding for the new Welcome Centre
– Continue the Affordable Housing project with PET owning and managing four flats in East Whins,
– Advance the creation of 5 new affordable housing units in West Whins: Raising money towards the purchase of land and 5 properties. Agreeing design and potential costing of West Whins community housing internally and externally with relevant parties.
Financial. How do you get your income?
- Over the last years PET got funding for several projects from the Climate Challenge Fund, the Moray Council, the British Council, all these grants have now been expired.
- Rent of the houses at East Whins, a self-generated income to pay off outstanding loans. There is no profit made from it.
- Grants and donations for PET projects.