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About WALDEN COUNTRYSIDE (Organic Countryside CIC)

WALDEN COUNTRYSIDE

is the trading name of Organic Countryside CIC

Current legal documents

Our contact details: Organic Countryside Community Interest Company

Company registered in England No 06794848 VAT No: 947 3003 31

Registered address: 23 Tye Green, Wimbish, Saffron Walden, Essex CB10 2XE

Phone: 01 799 599 643 Email: info@organic-countryside.co.uk

What we do

We exist to conserve and increase the variety of wildlife on our nature reserve small holdings. We also aim to promote nature conservation and public access to the countryside in the area around Saffron Wlden.

Unlike many nature reserves, all our land produces food which is sold locally.

We also encourage visitors to visit and enjoy our reserves, this can be as unaccompanied visitors at any time and without charge, at organised Open Days and as organised events for groups of children. At present the children's groups are:

Insurance cover

Naturally we have insurance covering public liability etc

Please take a look at our current insurance policy:

Company papers

  • Organic-Countryside Community Interest Company: is a limited company owned by its shareholders who receive no dividends from their shares. They aim to help the company achieve a trading surplus to be used to achieve the benefits to the environment that the company was established to promote. The full details of the legal constitution are given in our Memorandum & Articles of Association (download a printer friendly pdf file: (700Kb))
  • What is a Community Interest Company? A CIC is a limited company that can trade in the same way as any normal company but its major purpose is to benefit the community that it serves. - details of how CICs work are on the Companies House CIC regulator's web site

  • Here's our statement of the community we aim to serve and what we plan to do (as approved by the CIC regulator):
    • Enabling members of the public to become directly involved in organic farming, as small scale investors in land to be converted to organic agriculture and/or participate in organic farming and the the formation of community assisted agriculture groups
    • Increasing the numbers and variety of farmland wildlife by facilitating the wider adoption of organic agriculture
    • Encouraging the production of more organic food and its consumption within the region of production
    • Aiding young (suitably qualified) people wishing to become organic farmers but unable to buy their own farm, to find suitable land available for rental

       

     


    Who are Organic Countryside's directors? These are the details of our present directors. A new board of directors is elected (or re-elected) at the Annual General Meeting by the shareholders of the company.
    David Corke (executive director and company secretary)

    David lectured in Wildlife Conservation & Ecology at the University of East London where he was responsible for developing and running the first UK degree course in wildlife conservation.

     

    Visit David's personal website

    Susie Boatman

    (deputy company secretary and data protection officer)

    Susie gained her degree in mathematical engineering at Loughborough University. During her undergraduate course she spent a year working with the Essex Wildlife Trust investigating the potential for organic farming as a tool for wildlife conservation. Today she works as a statistician in the Medical Research Council team of Cambridge University.

     

    Visit Susie's Facebook page

    Elaine Corke

    Elaine was educated at the New University of Ulster and Durham University. She tends the Noakes Grove sheep in between sessions at her computer as a copy editor.

     

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    Emma Horton

     

    Emma lives round the corner from Noakes Grove and works as a freelance editor. She finds visiting the sheep a great antidote to sitting all day at a desk.

     

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    Janice Wrigley

    Janice worked in educational publishing for over 40 years. Now she is retired, she is able to follow her lifelong interest in wildlife.

     

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    David Wrigley
    David is a Master of Wine and works internationally in wine education. He likes to unwind by chopping wood and managing bonfires during the work parties at Noakes Grove.