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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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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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Using Land Registry to Find Land Owner

The Land Registry records property ownership and rights in England and Wales. It can be used to find the owner of a piece of land. It has an online search portal allowing users to find details about land ownership in England and Wales. This is a paid-for service, but you can find valuable information. Download the document using the link below: 

Using Land Registry To Find A Land Owner

 

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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: London Road Community Garden, Brighton

This short case study highlights an example of community growing on railway land, including stations and marginal land next to tracks. Groups that work on railway land need to go through a process to ensure the work is safe and they often require raised beds to avoid risk of contaminated ground. Network Rail owns all railway land but most land at stations is leased to train operators, who often have ‘Adopt a Station’ schemes.

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Case Study: Royal Edinburgh Community Gardens

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.

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Case Study: Incredible Edible, Todmorden

A local food coaltion in Northern England. A group of passionate committed local people are aiming to provide access to good local food for all, through working together, learning – from field to classroom to kitchen - and supporting local business.

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Accessing Land Process (for Community Groups)

This generic guide takes community growing groups (or those hoping to start one) through the process involved in setting up a community garden on a site. It provides a broad step-by-step process and links to useful information resources created by CLAS. However, it is important to bear in mind that this is an example - different circumstances and different groups may require variations on this process.

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