Finding Land

Finding Land Overview: Start Here

Start here with an overview of the topic: Finding Land. This document is aimed at new community growing groups, landowners and groups already on a site who might be looking to expand or add to the site. You can download the document using the link below:

Finding Land Overview: Start 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.



Cwestiynau Cyffredin – Perchnogion tir

Mae’r Cwestiynau Cyffredin hyn yn trafod materion yn ymwneud â defnydd cymunedol ar dir a byddant o ddiddordeb i berchnogion tir preifat, cynghorau lleol, busnesau a sefydliadau. Gallwch lawrlwytho dogfen y Cwestiynau Cyffredin gan ddefnyddio’r ddolen isod.

Perchnogion Tir: Cwestiynau Cyffredin (Fersiwn Cymru a Lloegr)


Case Study: The Grove Community Garden

The former site of the Fountain Brewery in the Fountainbridge area of central Edinburgh, which has been earmarked for development in the future, has been the focus of a partnership between Grosvenor, an international property development business, and a local community group to turn part of the site into a 'meanwhile' community garden.


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


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.


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



Case Study: Incredible Edible, Todmorden

A local food coaltion in Northern England. A group of passionate committed local people are aiming to provide access to good local food for all, through working together, learning – from field to classroom to kitchen - and supporting local business.


Useful Link: Register of Surplus Public Sector Land

You can use the following link to browse surplus land (and buildings) owned by central government and its various agencies which is available to buy or lease. It is administered by the Government Property Unit, which is part of the Cabinet Office. Use the link below to access the information - it is expected to be updated quarterly:



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