Community Groups

Leases: Who Can Sign A Lease?

A short advisory document outlining what legal entities can sign leases, plus information on incorporating your group in order to make it a legal entity in its own right.

Who Can Sign A Lease



Leases: Heads of Terms Template (England & Wales)

Lease requirements (also known as ‘Heads of Terms’) are the foundations of any property contract. The Lease Requirements/Heads of Terms document is a record of decisions that have been agreed between the parties (landlord and community group) and can be used to draw up a lease or other such document that reflects the decisions made. It is also a useful tool to focus your ideas on how the project will function.


Cwestiynau Cyffredin – Grwpiau sy’n chwilio am dir

Mae’r gyfres hon o ddogfennau Cwestiynau Cyffredin yn cynnwys cyngor i ddarpar grwpiau cymunedol neu grwpiau cymunedol newydd ar ddarganfod, sicrhau a chynnal tir at ddiben garddio, tyfu bwyd ac ardal hamdden ffurfiol ac anffurfiol. Mae’r Cwestiynau Cyffredin wedi’u rhannu’n bum dogfen ar wahân er hwylustod, bob un ohonynt yn trafod pwnc sy’n bwysig i grwpiau tyfu cymunedol sy’n chwilio am dir.


Sylwer, oherwydd gwahaniaethau mewn rheoliadau a’r gyfraith, gall fod dewis o fersiynau ar gael, yn dibynnu ar eich gwlad. Cliciwch ar y dolenni i lawrlwytho’r dogfennau.



Cwestiynau Cyffredin – Grwpiau ar safle

Mae’r dogfennau Cwestiynau Cyffredin canlynol wedi’u hanelu at grwpiau sydd ar safle yn barod ac sydd yn bwriadu datblygu’r safle hwnnw neu ddod o hyd i safleoedd newydd er mwyn ehangu eu gwaith. Bydd y Cwestiynau Cyffredin yn helpu gyda gwybodaeth a chyngor ar faterion, gan gynnwys prydlesi, cyfyngiadau cynllunio, costau a chyd-drafod.


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.


Case Study: Llangollen Community Garden

This organic food-growing community garden, based on the site of an abandoned plot in Llangollen, is owned by Denbighshire County Council which gave permission for the development of community growing in 2012. It’s an excellent example of the process of setting up a community garden on a council site, with a licence rather than a lease.

Catherine Veasey, who has been involved in the development of the garden through the local Friends Of The Earth group, describes more about the garden and how it worked with the council.


Planning: Green Space Designations

Neighbourhood Plans establishes general planning policies for the development and use of land in a locality. The plans are drawn up by Neighbourhood Planning Groups and are influential. According to the Government, Neighbourhood plans are intended to allow local people to get the right type of development for their community, while still meeting the needs of the wider area.


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 for more details.


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.


CLAS Advisory: Community Lettings Questionnaire

The aim of this document is to aid communication between a community group and landowner, regarding a proposed project on a piece of land. By completing the questionnaire the community group will address a number of important issues that will be key to the project’s success. The landowner will be reassured of what form the project will take. It could be seen as part of a business or action plan for the project and may also help with funding bids. Download the document using the link below:



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