Community Growing


Case Study: Rhostyllen Allotment Project

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: Llangollen Community Garden

This organic food-growing community garden, based on the site of an abandoned plot in Llangollen, is owned by Denbighshire County Council which gave permission for the development of community growing in 2012. It’s an excellent example of the process of setting up a community garden on a council site, with a licence rather than a lease.

Catherine Veasey, who has been involved in the development of the garden through the local Friends Of The Earth group, describes more about the garden and how it worked with the council.


Plans for Social Investment Tax Relief to be Extended

The government plans to extend social investment tax relief to small community farming and horticultural activities, after recommendations during the consultation from the Community Land Advisory Service.


Case Study: The Grove Community Garden

The former site of the Fountain Brewery in the Fountainbridge area of central Edinburgh, which has been earmarked for development in the future, has been the focus of a partnership between Grosvenor, an international property development business, and a local community group to turn part of the site into a 'meanwhile' community garden.


Case Study: Our Garden (Brit Growers)

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.


Gwneud Cais am Grantiau ar Dir wedi’i Rentu

Mae’r ddogfen hon yn rhoi arweiniad ar wneud cais am grantiau pan mae grŵp tyfu cymunedol yn gweithredu ar dir wedi’i rentu. Mae’n ymdrin â grantiau ar gyfer grwpiau cymunedol, nid grantiau ffermydd (Stiwardiaeth, y Taliad Sengl a.y.y.b.). Gall cymhwyster ar gyfer grant ddibynnu ar brofi pa mor hir fydd y grŵp ar y tir/safle, gan fod arianwyr yn aml eisiau gwneud yn siwr y bydd y prosiect yn rhedeg yn ddigon hir i gael y budd mwyaf o’r grant.


Proses Cael Gafael ar Dir (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.


Video: Chilterns Community CIC

A video from Shared Assets about a new community interest company being spun out from the woodland service at Wycombe District Council to manage 14 local authority owned woodlands.

Chiltern Rangers CIC from Shared Assets on Vimeo.



Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.


Video: East Reservoir Community Garden

Click on the link below to view this short film from Shared Assets, a social enterprise that supports collaboration between landowners and enterprising communities who want to manage their local woodlands, waterways and green spaces. The film looks at the work being done at East Reservoir Community Garden - managing land belonging to Thames Water adjacent to East Reservoir in Hackney, London to enrich biodiversity and create a community garden.



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