Walden Pond was set up in 1997 to provide affordable and secure housing for people working for social change. The co-op is committed to social justice, environmental responsibility and community involvement. Walden Pond aims to provide its members with living, working and campaigning space, to nurture a creative spirit of collaboration and sharing, and to promote engagement with wider society.
Up to 2001 the co-op rented houses in London and Brighton from private landlords, and was forced to move twice by landlords selling up to cash in on the house price boom. In January 2001 Walden Pond bought a large Victorian house in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, and we settled into a much more stable and productive lifestyle! In 2002 the co-op bought a nearby flat to house more members. The co-op currently has eight adult members. Areas in which our members are active include anti-war campaigning, promoting ethics and responsibility in science, creating a touring art/science exhibition ongeneti