Accessing land

Case Study: Borth Community Gardens

Borth Community Gardens is an initiative to create a space for local people to grow their own food in a communal environment. The allotments and community gardens are located near St. Matthew's Church, Borth, Ceredigion. Activities on the site include gardening, work parties by locals and visiting groups, as well as Open Day events and more informal get-togethers. In addition to cultivated land, the gardens are now home to several chickens, a couple of ducks and bee hives on the community garden section.

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CLAS England available until Spring 2016

Good news!  We have enough funding to extend the Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) in England until Spring 2016.  This means we can continue to give groups and landowners technical advice and support to create new growing projects and keep existing projects going.

Here is a reminder of what CLAS can offer:

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Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.

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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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Applying for grants on rented land

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This document provides guidance on applying for grants when a project operates on rented land. It deals with grants for community groups, not farm grants (Stewardship, Single Farm Payment etc). Eligibility for a grant may depend on proving how long the group has the land for, as funders often want to make sure that the project will be around long enough to get the maximum benefit from the grant.

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Accessing Land Process (for Community Groups)

This generic guide takes community growing groups (or those hoping to start one) through the process involved in setting up a community garden on a site. It provides a broad step-by-step process and links to useful information resources created by CLAS. However, it is important to bear in mind that this is an example - different circumstances and different groups may require variations on this process.

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Landowners: Process For Offering Land

This generic guide takes landowners through the process involved in allowing a community garden to set up operation on your land. It gives landowners a broad step-by-step process and links to useful information resources created by CLAS. However, it is important to bear in mind that this is an example and different circumstances and different groups may require variations on this process.

Offering Land Process for Landowners

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