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Finding Land: Community Growing On NHS Land

The National Health Service owns 6.9 million hectares of land across the UK and already provides space for dozens of community growing sites.  If your group is seeking land and think there might be some suitable NHS-owned land available, then an approach is definitely worth making.

Download the following document for more information: Community Growing On NHS Land

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Useful Link: Edible Estates Good Practice Guide

Neighbourhoods Green, a partnership initiative which highlights the importance of open space for residents of social housing and works with social landlords to raise the quality of their design, management and safe use, has published a comprehensive guide for Housing Associations about community growing on their land.

The guide covers resident led projects, housing association led projects and third party led projects. You can find the guide by clicking the following link:

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Video: East Reservoir Community Garden

Click on the link below to view this short film from Shared Assets, a social enterprise that supports collaboration between landowners and enterprising communities who want to manage their local woodlands, waterways and green spaces. The film looks at the work being done at East Reservoir Community Garden - managing land belonging to Thames Water adjacent to East Reservoir in Hackney, London to enrich biodiversity and create a community garden.

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Useful Link: RHS It's Your Neighbourhood

The Royal Horticultural Society runs a campaign called It’s Your Neighbourhood, which supports local community groups in cleaning up and greening up their local area. The website also contains advice on gardening for schools and children, as well as useful horticultural information. To find out more visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities 

 

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Community Supported Grazing

Community Supported Grazing (CSG) is an arrangement where local groups, landowners and other stakeholders contribute to keeping grazing animals. There are various models in use and many have structures and practices in common with Community Supported Agriculture (there is more on CSAs, including case studies, at www.soilassociation.org/csa.aspx).

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Valuing Grasslands - Environmental Impact Assessment

Community gardens value their local natural environments and are keen to look after native ecosystems. However, some may overlook the habitat value of grassland.

While grassland may not always look appealing or exciting, some areas contain very active and precious ecosystems which should not be disturbed. For example, they may contain wildflowers that are becoming rarer and support a wide range of insects, mammals and birds of prey that feed on them.

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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.

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Video: Community Foodie

This Community Foodie Project video shares information about community food growing in rural areas of Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan and Torfaen (South Wales). Through the support of the Community Foodie Project, local communities have created areas that offer an abundance of locally grown food, as well as education, improvement of health and well-being, social inclusion etc.

The film gives an insight into various land-based issues, as well as inspiration around community food growing. Visit www.communityfoodie.co.uk for more details.

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Using Land Registry to Find Land Owner

The Land Registry records property ownership and rights in England and Wales. It can be used to find the owner of a piece of land. It has an online search portal allowing users to find details about land ownership in England and Wales. This is a paid-for service, but you can find valuable information. Download the document using the link below: 

Using Land Registry To Find A Land Owner

 

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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

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