About CLAS Cymru

Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru) 

CLAS Cymru is a five year Big Lottery funded programme, designed to increase the amount of land available and accessible to communities in Wales through free, expert advice for landowners and community organisations. By increasing the amount of land in use for community food production and environmental purposes, the programme helps communities to become more sustainable.

A small team of CLAS Cymru advisors work locally and regionally, providing direct advice and support for landowners and community groups in order to secure land access on fair terms and meet the needs for both parties. We operate across Wales and offer a fully bi-lingual service. Support available includes:

  • Assistance in identifying potential sources of land
  • Negotiating its use on a temporary or long term basis
  • Advice and support on legal issues, land agreements, land purchase etc
  • Navigating the planning system.

CLAS Cymru, managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), works closely with local authorities, Natural Resources Wales and the agricultural sector, helping landowners to understand the opportunities of working with community groups and iron out any apprehensions and problems. The service also liaises at a national policy level, operating as a centre of expertise, guidance and support. CLAS Cymru works closely with FCFCG's ‘Tyfu Pobl’ team in Wales.


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Community Land Advisory Service in the UK

CLAS Cymru is part of a UK-wide Community Land Advisory Service, which is aiming to help make more land available, and to facilitate access to that land, for use by community gardening and food growing groups across the UK. CLAS is an impartial, collaborative service, working with both land managers and community groups to gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing advice and guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues. It currently operates in England, Wales and Scotland.

 

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