The Arden – A Rural Community in the Cotswolds

The arden consists of the villages of Arden, Ardentown and Ardencroft, which share a common history. They are single-tax communities based on the Georgist philosophy of Henry George and the Arts and Crafts movement influenced by William Morris, with a town meeting form of government. Residents own their homes, but lease the communal land — village woods and greens and local school land — from the village trust. These taxes, called “land rent,” pay for village, county and school expenses.

Arden is a rural community with a strong emphasis on sustainability and environmental conservation. The arden’s unique geography, including its position between the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty of Cannock Chase and the Cotswolds, provides an ideal environment for wildlife. The area has a rich heritage of agricultural and industrial activity that dates back to the Iron Age and continues to this day, with a wealth of historical buildings of varying styles.

One of the most famous landmarks in the arden is Coughton Cross, an ancient wayside mark stone where travellers would pray for safe passage through The Forest of Arden. It can still be seen today at the southwestern entrance to the village from Icknield Street (now A435).

The arden is home to a variety of businesses and amenities, including the Arden Theatre Company, which is committed to being an equitable, diverse, inclusive and anti-racist organization for all people. The arden also has three shopping centers within 4.9 miles and five parks in close proximity, making it an ideal location for families with children.

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