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Overview: Insurance

Insurance is sometimes viewed as an optional extra or unnecessary expense. The truth is good insurance cover is, in the vast majority of cases, a vital component of taking on a site that that both community growing groups and landowners need to consider carefully. The following information, in the downloadable document below, covers some insurance basics, gives examples of what types of insurance are needed and why, and lists some example insurers (however, please note that we cannot specifically recommend an insurer due to financial regulations).

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Landowners: Process For Offering Land

This generic guide takes landowners through the process involved in allowing a community garden to set up operation on your land. It gives landowners 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 and different circumstances and different groups may require variations on this process.

Offering Land Process for Landowners

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CLAS Advisory: Community Lettings Questionnaire

The aim of this document is to aid communication between a community group and landowner, regarding a proposed project on a piece of land. By completing the questionnaire the community group will address a number of important issues that will be key to the project’s success. The landowner will be reassured of what form the project will take. It could be seen as part of a business or action plan for the project and may also help with funding bids. Download the document using the link below:

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Leases: Sample Lease Templates (Scotland)

The Community Land Advisory Service has created several lease agreement templates which are intended to be used as a basis or starting point for your own agreement, rather than as a finished item. It is strongly recommended that you take legal advice before entering into any type of agreement. Follow the simple four step process below to find the most suitable template for you along with guidance information on how to adapt and use it.

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Finding Land: Approach Letter to Landowner

CLAS has created an example letter (see below) which is intended as a draft template to help community growing groups put together an appropriately-worded approach to a landowner about using a site.

Approach Letter to Landowner

 

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Leases: Farm Business Tenancy

The Farm Business Tenancy Information Document will be extremely useful for anyone needing guidance on farm business tenancies in England and Wales.

You may have arrived on this page after being directed here by the CLAS 'Which Type Of Land Agreement Is For You' flowchart, or you may have arrived here direct.

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Leases: Licence Agreements

The CLAS Licence Agreements Document will be extremely useful for anyone needing information on licences (both with, and without, clauses for business permission or trade) in England and Wales.

You may have arrived on this page after being directed here by the CLAS 'Which Type Of Land Agreement Is For You' flowchart, or you may have arrived here directly by searching the site.

Either way you can download and use the document below, which includes links to template licences provided by Landshare.

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Leases: Business Tenancy

The Business Lease Tenancy information document will be extremely useful for anyone needing a business lease (with and without clauses for trade) or landowners wanting to find out more about business tenancies in England and Wales.

You may have arrived on this page after being directed here by the CLAS 'Which Type Of Land Agreement Is For You' flowchart, or you may have arrived here direct.

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Leases: Rent Survey

CLAS has surveyed a random sample of community gardens about their land agreements and what rent they pay. The projects surveyed are diverse in scale, purpose and location. Some are trading, others are social; some are informal and others are incorporated. The landlords are also varied. Some are local authorities, others are private. Some land is rural, some urban. The rents paid vary from zero to over a thousand pounds.

Obviously rental amounts vary enormously and are based on each individual circumstance, but examples may be useful as a starting point for discussion.

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CLAS Advisory: What Landowners Want From Land Users

Landowners may be more willing to offer land to your group if you can demonstrate that you are able to act on a potential landowner's main needs, aims and concerns.  Finding out what these key needs, aims and concerns are will help you when negotiating with the landowner.  The following Advisory document, written by CLAS, gives more information on this important topic.

What Landowners Want From Land Users

 

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