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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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Case Study: Whistlewood Common, Derbyshire

A group in Melbourne, Derbyshire have launched a community share offer to buy 10 acres of former market garden land to create Whistlewood Common, which will be used for food production and associated uses. The project’s aim is to create a productive landscape where every plant, shrub and tree is edible or otherwise useful to the local community.

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Case Study: Stroud Woods, Gloucestershire

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

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Case Study: Terre de Liens

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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Case Study: Stroud Community Agriculture

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.

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Buying Land: Benefits & Challenges For Community Growing Groups

Though the great majority of community growing groups are better off renting their site from a landowner, buying land can be a great solution for a small number of groups in specific circumstances. Below is a brief overview of some of the reasons to buy and some of the challenges that arise with land purchase. It is worth contemplating these as part of your decision-making process.

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Useful Link: Ethical Property Foundation

Ethical Property Foundation

02070 650 760

www.ethicalproperty.org.uk

The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Its Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped almost 600 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2005.

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