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



CLAS helps with £1.1m Big Lottery win for asset transfer in Newtown

CLAS Cymru has helped support a consortium of locally based volunteers, community enterprises and organisations in Newtown, Powys, to secure a £1.1 million in funding from the Big Lottery’s Community Asset Transfer program.

The Going Green for a Living consortium came together in response to Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council’s call to look at new and more sustainable ways to manage the open spaces of Newtown i.e. how could the community generate a better living from our green and blue assets?


Guidance on Recreational Open Space

Fields In Trust, an organisation which campaigns for access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation, has created an advisory paper for people wanting to create growing spaces. The new guidelines are very similar in England and Wales and give advice to all local authorities on the amounts of different types of green space that should be provided. 

It is a useful resource for projects/groups negotiating with local authorities for new spaces – including community growing. The information is published here courtesy of Fields In Trust.


Case Study: Wild Elements

Wild Elements is a social enterprise based in North Wales, dedicated to getting people outdoors and closer to nature in a fun way, through forest schools and outdoor play schemes and community projects and events. It was set up by Thomas Cockbill and Resi Tomat in March 2013. They had previously been working for the National Trust at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, Gwynedd, carrying out education activities. When that project finished, they could see a need for nature-based play services in the local area.


Case Study: Mackintosh Community Garden

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.


Case Study: Borth Community Gardens

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: Llanberis Community Orchard

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.


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.



Cael mynediad Proses Tir (ar gyfer Grwpiau Cymunedol)

Mae’r canllaw cyffredinol hwn yn mynd â grwpiau tyfu cymunedol (neu’r rheiny sy’n gobeithio dechrau un) trwy’r broses sy’n gysylltiedig â sefydlu gardd gymunedol ar safle. Mae’n rhoi proses cam wrth gam eang a dolenni i adnoddau gwybodaeth defnyddiol a grëwyd gan CLAS. Fodd bynnag, mae’n bwysig cofio mai enghraifft yw hon a gall fod angen amrywio’r broses hon ar gyfer amgylchiadau gwahanol a grwpiau gwahanol.


Guidance: Communites and landowners managing woodlands

This advisory note, aimed at landowners, is from Llais Y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales, and gives information about how communities and landowners can work together to manage woodlands.

Most woodlands in Wales benefit from active management to improve the quality of the habitat and generate a sustainable source of timber. Many landowners struggle to find the resources to effectively manage their woodlands, but involving the local community can be an effective solution to the benefit of landowners, people and the woodlands themselves.



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