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: Our Garden (Brit Growers) Leasing, Community Growing, Landowners

A lively community site in Evanstown near Bridgend, the aptly named ‘Our Garden’ has a wide mix of users from across the Ogmore Valley, and is used daily by local people who go to tend their plot or to simply sit and chat with friends and neighbours. They formerly derelict site was transformed after an approach to the landowner, a housing association.

Case Study: Rhostyllen Allotment Project Leasing, Community Growing

On a strip of land between a disused railway line and residential housing in the community of Esclusham (on the outskirts of Wrexham), are 12 allotment plots, used by members of the community to grow food and socialise in a small communal area planted with wild flowers.
Called the Rhostyllen Allotments Project, it is an excellent example of how a local community council can support the development of a growing project – transforming an overgrown piece of land used for dumping rubbish into something valued and useful.
Richard Elias, of Esclusham Community Council, describes how the project has evolved…

Case Study: Roundhouse Partnership Buying Land, Planning

The Roundhouse Partnership consist of a group of people, based mainly in Cardiff, who came together several years ago to set up a sustainable land management project. After a couple of years of searching they found two pieces of land, a woodland of 5.7 acres and a two-acre plot of agricultural land.

Case Study: Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens Finding Land, Leasing, Community Growing

The Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens is an NHS Lothian initiative with a mission to make opportunities for good food and healthy lifestyles available to the local communities in which NHS Lothian hospitals are based. The gardens have a particular focus on welcoming people who are experiencing mental or physical health problems, disadvantage, isolation or poverty.

Case Study: S106 Agreements Planning

One Brighton is an eco-development of 172 residential flats, plus office space, in Brighton. As part of a S106 Agreement, 28 small raised bed allotments have been created on a balcony on the sixth floor. The development is run by a Community Interest Company.

Case Study: Stroud Community Agriculture Buying Land, Community Growing

Built on cooperation and mutual support the risks and rewards of farming are shared between the farmers and consumers. The consumers commit themselves to supporting the farm and providing a fair income for the farmers. The farmers can then develop the health and fertility of the farm, its wildlife and environment. All the produce from the farm is shared between the supporting consumers or sold locally if there is a surplus.

Case Study: Stroud Woods, Gloucestershire Finding Land, Buying Land

Text and video cases studies (made by the Soil Association and Groundwork respectively) highlighting the work of Stroud Woodland Cooperative, who have acquired a piece of woodland called Folly Wood. Stroud Woodland Co-op was set up as an Industrial and Provident Society

Case Study: Swansea Community Farm Leasing, Planning, Community Growing

Swansea Community Farm, the only city farm in Wales, is a unique 3.5 acre site in Fforestfach reconnecting people with their food, their environment and each other through educational, volunteering, training and play opportunities. The farm is a place where people of all ages can learn about the environment, organic gardening and animal care while also taking an active role in the community.

Case Study: Talgarth Mill, Wales Leasing, Buying Land, Community Growing

An innovative land purchase by a Community Interest Company has given a unique, community-run flour mill space for gardening at a peppercorn rent.

Case Study: Terre de Liens Buying Land

Terre de Liens is a French civil society organisation created in 2003 to address the difficulties faced by organic and peasant farmers in securing agricultural land. Land prices are high and land market so competitive that access to land has become a major bottleneck for farmers seeking new farms or additional land to maintain their current activities.

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