The Centre will initially take up the offer of Chris and Colin Penfold to establish the Raymond Leach Research Centre (RLRC) at their home. They have four acres with a house and an old mill-house in a most beautiful setting in Commins Coch, eight miles from the Centre For Alternative Technology, Machynlleth. One of the fields has rescued horses and sheep, and the river running beside the field also provides an idyllic home for geese. There is sufficient land already fenced which needs bringing under cultivation for plant trials, with room for expansion. The old mill-house can be converted into good accommodation for six volunteers, and could be used for educational courses. A further opportunity exists to purchase three cottages nearby. This would enable the RLRC to expand its educational work, have a visitors centre, and accommodate paying guests to generate some income.
The RLRC has so far received £3,000 with a promise of a further £1,000 which will enable us to start work. Our calculations are that we need £100,000 to purchase equipment for an office, cover overheads such as telephone, heating and stationery, prepare the land for trials, purchase tools, seeds and plants, convert and furnish the mill-house, and purchase, renovate and furnish the additional cottages.
Help (ie money!) is needed to make this happen. Please send whatever amount you can. Every contributor will be kept regularly informed of our progress. Because this is an historic occasion and we believe that history is being made, we intend to inscribe on the walls of the mill-house the names of those who make contributions. Please make cheques payable to the "Raymond Leach Research Centre" and send to the address below.
VOHAN, 58 High Lane, Chorlton, Manchester M21 9DZ (0161 860 4869, firstname.lastname@example.org)