RUSS: Community-led development creating sustainable homes in Lewisham, south London

Rural Urban Synthesis Society (RUSS), a volunteer-led Community Land Trust based in south London, is working on a project to create 33 new sustainable, high quality homes in the area which will reduce the communities’ dependence on fossil fuels, increase food security, encourage bio-diversity and provide affordable housing for Londoners.

RUSS’ first project at Church Grove in Ladywell is a pioneering community-led development in south London.

RUSS is working in partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham, having secured the site through competitive tender in 2015. The project, which is planned to start construction in January 2018, offers self-build opportunities for local people.

Kareem Dayes, musician and founder of RUSS, said: “I was fortunate enough to grow up in Walters Way and helped my dad to renovate our home to be energy self-sufficient. This experience coupled with living in Sanford Housing Co-op for 3 years has inspired me to help create a new community-led housing scheme, RUSS. I have lived in Lewisham all my life and aspire to building another housing project our community can be proud of.”

Set up in 2009, RUSS was formed to create sustainable neighbourhoods and genuinely affordable homes, and to “bring together people and nature to build a more mutually beneficial world”.

If you are a Lewisham local or simply feel inspired by what RUSS are creating, you can support RUSS here.


Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer specialising in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives:


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