Case Study: Cultivate

Cultivate is a social enterprise based in Newtown, Powys. It was set up as a community benefit society, with a strong focus on local food and everything associated with it. The organisation runs community gardens and a local food shop. It is also involved in training, education and community outreach. Recently the group has started a very specific and new area of work – contracted work in the community.


CLAS Cymru and Community Asset Transfer

This is a brief introduction aimed at local authority estate managers in Wales, who might be interested in how the Community Land Advisory Service can broker links with community growing groups and help with asset transfers. The document outlines the success of CLAS Cymru so far, as well as specific ways it can work to support asset tranfer in Wales.


Case Study: Borth Community Gardens

Borth Community Gardens is an initiative to create a space for local people to grow their own food in a communal environment. The allotments and community gardens are located near St. Matthew's Church, Borth, Ceredigion. Activities on the site include gardening, work parties by locals and visiting groups, as well as Open Day events and more informal get-togethers. In addition to cultivated land, the gardens are now home to several chickens, a couple of ducks and bee hives on the community garden section.


Case Study: Llanberis Community Orchard

The idea for a community orchard in Llanberis had been developing in a few people’s minds and came to fruition during a Youth Hostel Association (YHA) open day in September 2014. The YHA Snowdon Llanberis manager, Janet Walker, suggested that an outdoor space at the Youth Hostel would make an excellent site. The space is an existing orchard with several old apple and damson trees, which had received no attention for many years.


CLAS in Chief Estate Surveyors Magazine 2016

There's a page about the Community Land Advisory Service in the latest issue of the Terrier Magazine, the quarterly publication of the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector. It's to do with CLAS in general and the recent publication of the Rural Estate Asset Management Planning Guide. Find out about the Terrier and ACES here:


Guidance: Farm Diversification & Community Growing

Using land for community food or fruit growing schemes is a small but growing trend among innovative farmers, who recognise the potential for both personal and financial rewards, as well as a sense of supporting the wider locality.

What is community growing? Put simply, it’s a generic term that covers many different activities but all involving local people coming together – usually as part of a small, volunteer-led groups - to take part in cultivation.


Guidance: Communites and landowners managing woodlands

This advisory note, aimed at landowners, is from Llais Y Goedwig, the voice of community woodlands in Wales, and gives information about how communities and landowners can work together to manage woodlands.

Most woodlands in Wales benefit from active management to improve the quality of the habitat and generate a sustainable source of timber. Many landowners struggle to find the resources to effectively manage their woodlands, but involving the local community can be an effective solution to the benefit of landowners, people and the woodlands themselves.


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.


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.




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