Wyld Hive Cooperative is embarking on a journey to transform Merton Hall and the surrounding land, SW Scotland. We intend to create a thriving environment for residents and visitors alike. To achieve this, we are asking for your help.
The vital first stage of the restoration is to make the Hall weatherproof. This is no mean feat as Merton has not been lived in for many
years. There are a number of windows missing from the back of the house and many others need resealing. There are holes in the roof, leaving timbers exposed and open to the
Scottish elements. Additionally, there is significant water damage which has caused mould and
the chimneys are in need of some serious care and attention. There is plenty for us to be getting on with!
The good news is we are all absolutely dedicated to breathing life into this amazing building and loving her into the beautiful space she deserves to be. We are a tenacious and skilled bunch and know we can achieve our vision.
If you feel called to help us please know that you would be part of something truly wonderful and unique, You could count yourself amongst those that are helping to pave the way for our shared vision of co-creating an abundant and creative space for now and generations to come.
We would like to honour and thank all donors by adding their names on to a dedicated gratitude gallery within the premises, so you can spot your name when you visit.Thank you in advance.
Who We Are And Our Mission:
Wyld Hive Cooperative is an intentional heart centred community. We are a group of like minded souls who have come together in a shared vision. We are made up of 10 founding families, from age 2 to much older ;) We all have different skills and abilities which we will honour, creating a place for us to thrive.
The heart of our mission is to provide a much needed safe place for the Cooperative and for people to come for nurture. We have a deep knowing that our fast paced consumer driven society has brought with it a burden which we carry. This is having such dramatic effects on our mental and physical health.
Our need to reconnect with nature and our own wild self has become urgent, and by providing this retreat we offer a place where you can come, with no agenda other than to let go of all that has become too heavy. A place to just be in your natural flow, to release, and to feel the earth beneath your body. Re-establishing that bond which supports all our basic needs for wellbeing, to become nature once more.
We have been blessed to find each other and this wonderful place, and we have a beautiful vision for the Hall and the land, creating a home and a retreat space.
As Merton is a Grade II listed building it is imperative we use the correct techniques to restore her, using traditional methods and materials, which by their nature have a low footprint and draw on more ecological processes. We intend to use local materials, suppliers and skills wherever possible.
Our intention is to use this opportunity as a journey to deepen our knowledge of this unique environment. Being trained by local skilled craftspeople will allow us to carry out many of the repairs ourselves, and then train others in these skills. Our aim is to use permaculture techniques to grow our food whilst rewilding parts of the land. We will build compost toilets and experiment with cob and hay-bale construction where appropriate. There will also be a Forest School area created in the grounds.
Our community would like to offer WWOOFing opportunities to enable people to take part in this amazing adventure with us. We will learn together and impart our already varied and deep knowlege to those that feel called to visit us.
Thank you for your time and we hope to see you soon.