The Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, founded in 2009 with the aim of creating sustainable neighbourhoods and genuinely affordable homes. We have a busy calendar of events led by our 500+ members and an ambitious development plan. Our mission is to reduce our communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage bio-diversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners.
RUSS aims to establish a model development process for creating groups of charming, low-energy homes in sustainable neighbourhoods managed by residents, which will remain genuinely affordable for future generations and which can be replicated in Lewisham, London and across the UK. To begin to achieve our aim we are seeking to regenerate empty sites in London into sustainable communities with affordable housing and improved environments for people and nature alike.
RUSS is guided by ten key principles. These guidelines, which have been developed through workshops with members and the wider community, embed the ethos of affordability, sustainability, self-governance and community engagement into everything we do. Guiding RUSS forward in line with these principles is the job of RUSS’ volunteer Directors, our whole membership and our professional Project Team.
For our first project, RUSS is developing a scheme of 33 new sustainable, high quality homes amongst shared open space at Church Grove in Ladywell, Lewisham. The project, which is planned to start construction in January 2018, offers self-build opportunities for local people.
As a volunteer-run Community Land Trust, RUSS relies on people like you to make our vision of affordable, sustainable living a reality. Find out more about becoming a RUSS member, volunteering, donating and self-building on the Get Involved page.
RUSS is a Community Land Trust registered with the FSA as an Industrial & Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community No. 30624R. We are a registered charity with HMRC No. XT18342.