CLAS co-writes allotment guidance for community growers

New guidance aimed at sweeping away confusion around allotment law and helping get more communities growing their own food, has been published by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens and the Community Land Advisory Service.

The Allotment Law & Community Growing Factsheet, endorsed by the Government’s Department for Communities and Local Government, demystifies where allotment law applies to community growers and when sites become designated as statutory allotments.


CLAS Services 2017 Update

Updated June 2018. The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) currently operates with part-time staff in Scotland and Wales, until at least 2018. Funding for a post in England ended in 2016, but website resources for England (as well as Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), are still available.


CLAS in Chief Estate Surveyors Magazine 2016

There's a page about the Community Land Advisory Service in the latest issue of the Terrier Magazine, the quarterly publication of the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector. It's to do with CLAS in general and the recent publication of the Rural Estate Asset Management Planning Guide. Find out about the Terrier and ACES here:


Oxford City Farm gets go-ahead

Oxford City Council have given the go-ahead for the long-planned Oxford City Farm to begin life on a disused playing field, thanks in part to help and advice from the Community Land Advisory Service.

The derelict urban field is set to be transformed into a bustling city farm that will teach people about healthy eating. Chairwoman of Oxford City Farm Lucie Mayer said she was excited to welcome visitors on to the site in the coming years, to teach them all about farming.


CLAS Listed in Euro Access To Land website

The Community Land Advisory Service, which currrently operates in England, Scotland and Wales,  is listed in the directory of the new website for the European Access to Land network, which brings together grassroots organisations from across Europe.



Ynglŷn â CLAS Cymru

Gwasanaeth Cynghori ar Dir Cymunedol Cymru (CLAS Cymru) 


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:


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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Case Study: Our Garden (Brit Growers)

A lively community site in Evanstown near Bridgend, the aptly named ‘Our Garden’ has a wide mix of users from across the Ogmore Valley, and is used daily by local people who go to tend their plot or to simply sit and chat with friends and neighbours. They formerly derelict site was transformed after an approach to the landowner, a housing association.



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