Case Studies

The Community Land Advisory Service will be building up a portfolio of case studies over time, which will features various aspects of land-based issues. 

The case studies will also investigate how particular problems and challenges have been and how they have been dealt with by landowners and community growing projects. 

Meanwhile we have a number of existing case studies from our initial research which may be of use.


CLAS Case Studies - General Information

The case studies below were written specifically for CLAS to illustrate challenges faced by community growing groups and landowners, and to showcase successful outcomes.


Community/Landowner Partnership

  • Fordhall Farm, Shropshire - Case study from Biodynamic Land Trust. The Fordhall Community Land Initiative is an industrial and Provident Society with charitable status. It is currently owned by over 8000 shareholders and demonstrates what can be achieved by private landowners and communities working together.

Buying Land/Community Share Issue

  • Stroud Woodland Cooperative - Case study from the Soil Association. The Stroud Woodland Cooperative was set up to buy and maintain a piece of woodland near the town and is an excellent example of using a community share issue to purchase land.
  • Terre de Lien, France - Useful reading for anyone considering issues around buying land for community use. Terre de Liens is a French civil society organisation created in 2003 to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing agricultural land. Land prices are high and land market so competitive that access to land has become a major bottleneck for farmers seeking new farms or additional land to maintain their current activities.
  • Llwyn Ffranc Limited - This initiative's aim is to create a viable model of community farming for the 21st century. The community share offer is for 50 acres of woodland and a 13 acre field of grassland, orchard and young deciduous trees just north of the town of Abergavenny in the beautiful Black Mountains of Wales.
  • Stroud Woods Video Case Study - A short film about Stroud Woods, where a community group has acquired its own green space. The film was first shown at Green Space and Communities: A Life's Work, a major Groundwork conference on the future of green space, held at Manchester Town Hall in 2012.

Use of Railway Land

  • Case Study: London Road Community Garden, Brighton - Highlights an example of community growing on railway land, including stations and marginal land next to tracks. Network Rail owns all railway land but most land at stations is leased to train operators, who often have ‘Adopt a Station’ schemes.



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