The Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS) is a members-led Community Land Trust based in South London, founded in 2009 with the aim of creating sustainable community-led neighbourhoods and truly affordable homes right across London. We have a busy calendar of events led by our 900+ 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’ Board of Trustees, our whole membership and our professional Project Team.

For our first project, RUSS is building 33 new sustainable, high quality homes at Church Grove in Ladywell, Lewisham. Construction work is expected to start in late 2019. The video below explains the history of how the scheme came about, and what it will look like:

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.

Rural Urban Synthesis Society Limited is a Community Land Trust registered with the FCA as an Industrial & Provident Society for the Benefit of the Community No. 30624R. VAT No. 263831400. We are a registered charity with HMRC No. XT18342.

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