Case studies

The Community Land Advisory Service is building a portfolio of case studies which features various aspects of land-based issues.

The case studies investigate what land-based problems and challenges have been faced by other groups and how they have been resolved.

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Case Study: Borth Community Gardens Finding Land, Leasing, Community Growing, Landowners

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.

Case Study: Cae Tan Finding Land, Leasing, Planning

Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture CSA project, is located on a beautiful rural site in Ilston on the Gower peninsula, Wales. The location is next to a couple of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is in the early stages, but their experiences around planning and leasing will be useful to others setting up CSAs.

Case Study: Cultivate Community Growing, Landowners

Cultivate is a social enterprise based in Newtown, Powys. It was set up as a community benefit society, with a strong focus on local food and everything associated with it. The organisation runs community gardens and a local food shop. It is also involved in training, education and community outreach. Recently the group has started a very specific and new area of work – contracted work in the community.

Case Study: Fordhall Farm, Shropshire Communicating, Community Growing, Landowners

The Fordhall Community Land Initiative is an industrial and Provident Society with charitable status. It is currently owned by over 8000 shareholders and demonstrates what can be achieved by private landowners and communities working together.

Case Study: Hanley Landshare, Chepstow Landowners

Hanley Landshare is a community allotment site on an organic dairy farm outside Chepstow. Set up in 2011, the site has 19 individual plots plus a shared vegetable garden run by Transition Chepstow. A farm shop has been set up this year, which plot-holders supply with 10% of their produce.

Case Study: Incredible Edible, Todmorden Finding Land, Community Growing

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.

Case Study: Llanberis Community Orchard Finding Land, Offering Land, Leasing, Community Growing, Landowners

The idea for a community orchard in Llanberis had been developing in a few people’s minds and came to fruition during a Youth Hostel Association (YHA) open day in September 2014. The YHA Snowdon Llanberis manager, Janet Walker, suggested that an outdoor space at the Youth Hostel would make an excellent site. The space is an existing orchard with several old apple and damson trees, which had received no attention for many years.

Case Study: Llangollen Community Garden Finding Land, Leasing, Communicating, Community Growing

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.

Case Study: London Road Community Garden, Brighton Finding Land, Leasing, Community Growing

This short case study highlights an example of community growing on railway land, including stations and marginal land next to tracks. Groups that work on railway land need to go through a process to ensure the work is safe and they often require raised beds to avoid risk of contaminated ground. Network Rail owns all railway land but most land at stations is leased to train operators, who often have ‘Adopt a Station’ schemes.

Case Study: Mackintosh Community Garden Finding Land, Leasing, Community Growing

Thanks to support from CLAS Cymru, the neglected and overgrown community garden at the Mackintosh Sports Centre in Cardiff is now a thriving community hub with an emphasis on activities for children. The group aims to provide a space the whole community can enjoy and to provide an inner city wildlife haven.

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