About Us

A brief introduction

Furnace Brook operates as a rural Arts, Ecology & Micro Enterprise Hub where the land and lakes have been managed and reshaped in recent years in response to the climate and ecological emergency, and our disconnect from nature.

Furnace Brook CIC operates to support site activities and approaches that are regenerative for the natural world and for the benefit of children living now, and those living in seven generations hence.

The daily activities of the CIC are focused on:

1) The establishment and support of arts and creativity activities based at Furnace Brook
2) Managing the land and lakes at Furnace Brook in order create a sustainable ‘naturally inspiring’ place for visiting individuals and organisations*
3) The provision of support to rural micro enterprises based either at Furnace Brook** or in the nearby locality.
4) The provision of Environmental Education Courses and Learning Experiences.

*With the intention that these individuals and organisations are in turn stimulated to take steps within their homes and workplaces with a similar regenerative focus.
**Enterprises established or under development include a Fish Farm, Craft Brewery, Plant Nursery, Catering Service and online retail sales of Woodland craft products.

Research Activities at Furnace Brook

A range of research-based activities are being undertaken on site. Specific areas of focus currently include Renewable Energy Generation & Storage, Carbon Management, Topsoil enrichment and regenerative design approaches to landscapes & structures. The activities of modelling sustainable practices in the various research areas are all being coordinated by the Rural Transition Alliance Programme.