Community Growing

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.


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.


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.


Plans for Social Investment Tax Relief to be Extended

The government plans to extend social investment tax relief to small community farming and horticultural activities, after recommendations during the consultation from the Community Land Advisory Service.


Community asset status tough for green spaces

Around half of applications to list a green space as an asset of community value (ACV) have failed, according to analysis by Development Control Services (DCS), which looked at 134 English local planning authorities to see which assets local people had asked to be registered and which were given the status.


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.


Land For Bees

If you have a community garden or other growing space, you may want to consider keeping bees.  You could look after them yourself, or offer a site for beehives in on your garden. Below is what you need to know about land and community bee keeping.



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