Buying Land


Buying Land Overview: Start Here!

This paper seeks to give you a brief overview of the implications of buying land. It outlines ways to finance the purchase and goes through the buying process, what you get and the additional costs involved. Use the link below to download the document:

Buying Land Overview: Start Here




Case Study: Talgarth Mill, Wales

An innovative land purchase by a Community Interest Company has given a unique, community-run flour mill space for gardening at a peppercorn rent.


Pros and Cons of taking on extra land

Successful groups who have done a good job with a project frequently find that they are offered additional sites to work their magic on.  We often find that these groups feel obliged to say yes to the extra land but with hindsight they wished they had said no!

The aim of this guidance is to support you through this decision process, giving you points to consider so you can decide whether  your group should say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to taking on extra land.


Cael mynediad Proses Tir (ar gyfer Grwpiau Cymunedol)

Mae’r canllaw cyffredinol hwn yn mynd â grwpiau tyfu cymunedol (neu’r rheiny sy’n gobeithio dechrau un) trwy’r broses sy’n gysylltiedig â sefydlu gardd gymunedol ar safle. Mae’n rhoi proses cam wrth gam eang a dolenni i adnoddau gwybodaeth defnyddiol a grëwyd gan CLAS. Fodd bynnag, mae’n bwysig cofio mai enghraifft yw hon a gall fod angen amrywio’r broses hon ar gyfer amgylchiadau gwahanol a grwpiau gwahanol.


Buying Land Checklist

PLEASE NOTE: If you are considering purchasing land for a community growing project, then please read the Buying Land Overview Document first.


Community Shares Briefing

Community shares are a way for an enterprise with a social purpose to raise capital. Community shares are not used in the same way as loans, grants, gifts or company shares.  For the right enterprise, they have several advantages as a way of bringing investment - but they do not suit every organisation. To find out more download the briefing document below, which was created by Growing Together, a partnership initiative led by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which is supporting and developing alternative way for communities to gain money, skills and land.


Vision: Land Access For Sustainable Cities

This CLAS visioning document is aimed at stakeholders who have an interest or influence in land-based policy at town, city or area-wide level.

It suggests a number of measures and practical actions that can be taken to improve access to land for small-scale and community food growing.

The actions listed here are part of the CLAS remit to influence policy at local, regional and national level, with the aim of making more land available for community growing.


Case Study: Whistlewood Common, Derbyshire

A group in Melbourne, Derbyshire have launched a community share offer to buy 10 acres of former market garden land to create Whistlewood Common, which will be used for food production and associated uses. The project’s aim is to create a productive landscape where every plant, shrub and tree is edible or otherwise useful to the local community.


Case Study: Stroud Woods, Gloucestershire

Text and video cases studies (made by the Soil Association and Groundwork respectively) highlighting the work of Stroud Woodland Cooperative, who have acquired a piece of woodland called Folly Wood. Stroud Woodland Co-op was set up as an Industrial and Provident Society


Case Study: Terre de Liens

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.



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