Community Growing

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Useful Link: RHS It's Your Neighbourhood

The Royal Horticultural Society runs a campaign called It’s Your Neighbourhood, which supports local community groups in cleaning up and greening up their local area. The website also contains advice on gardening for schools and children, as well as useful horticultural information. To find out more visit: www.rhs.org.uk/communities 

 

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Community Supported Grazing

Community Supported Grazing (CSG) is an arrangement where local groups, landowners and other stakeholders contribute to keeping grazing animals. There are various models in use and many have structures and practices in common with Community Supported Agriculture (there is more on CSAs, including case studies, at www.soilassociation.org/csa.aspx).

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News: Wales Planning Bill Response

CLAS Cymru has responsed to the ‘Positive Planning’ consultation document for the draft Welsh Planning Bill, suggesting ways that planning law in Wales can be improved in order to help with access to land and better development rights for valuable community growing projects.

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Community Shares Briefing

Community shares are a way for an enterprise with a social purpose to raise capital. Community shares are not used in the same way as loans, grants, gifts or company shares.  For the right enterprise, they have several advantages as a way of bringing investment - but they do not suit every organisation. To find out more download the briefing document below, which was created by Growing Together, a partnership initiative led by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which is supporting and developing alternative way for communities to gain money, skills and land.

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Valuing Grasslands - Environmental Impact Assessment

Community gardens value their local natural environments and are keen to look after native ecosystems. However, some may overlook the habitat value of grassland.

While grassland may not always look appealing or exciting, some areas contain very active and precious ecosystems which should not be disturbed. For example, they may contain wildflowers that are becoming rarer and support a wide range of insects, mammals and birds of prey that feed on them.

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Vision: Land Access For Sustainable Cities

This CLAS visioning document is aimed at stakeholders who have an interest or influence in land-based policy at town, city or area-wide level.

It suggests a number of measures and practical actions that can be taken to improve access to land for small-scale and community food growing.

The actions listed here are part of the CLAS remit to influence policy at local, regional and national level, with the aim of making more land available for community growing.

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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 www.communityfoodie.co.uk for more details.

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Applying for grants on rented land

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This document provides guidance on applying for grants when a project operates on rented land. It deals with grants for community groups, not farm grants (Stewardship, Single Farm Payment etc). Eligibility for a grant may depend on proving how long the group has the land for, as funders often want to make sure that the project will be around long enough to get the maximum benefit from the grant.

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Case Study: The Book People, Surrey

Staff at The Book People have been growing their own produce for four years, courtesy of a popular workplace garden scheme set up in 2009. There are 31 garden plots available for use over three sites and all are free of charge for staff to use. The largest is at the head office in Godalming, where an old kitchen garden has been converted into a series of 1 x 2 metre plots. The other two are on industrial sites at Bangor and Haydock, next to book warehouses. These are particularly appreciated as there is little green space locally.

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Case Study: Fordhall Farm, Shropshire

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.

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