CLAS helps with £1.1m Big Lottery win for asset transfer in Newtown

CLAS Cymru has helped support a consortium of locally based volunteers, community enterprises and organisations in Newtown, Powys, to secure a £1.1 million in funding from the Big Lottery’s Community Asset Transfer program.

The Going Green for a Living consortium came together in response to Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council’s call to look at new and more sustainable ways to manage the open spaces of Newtown i.e. how could the community generate a better living from our green and blue assets?


Supporting Welsh Food Production in Planning Policy for Wales

This document is a comprehensive look at the need for a more integrated approach to food growing, including its consideration in Planning Policy for Wales. The document was created by the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales and the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which has been consulting and supporting Community Growers in Wales since 2008. 


Guidance on Recreational Open Space

Fields In Trust, an organisation which campaigns for access to free, local outdoor space for sport, play and recreation, has created an advisory paper for people wanting to create growing spaces. The new guidelines are very similar in England and Wales and give advice to all local authorities on the amounts of different types of green space that should be provided. 

It is a useful resource for projects/groups negotiating with local authorities for new spaces – including community growing. The information is published here courtesy of Fields In Trust.


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: Swansea Community Farm

Swansea Community Farm, the only city farm in Wales, is a unique 3.5 acre site in Fforestfach reconnecting people with their food, their environment and each other through educational, volunteering, training and play opportunities. The farm is a place where people of all ages can learn about the environment, organic gardening and animal care while also taking an active role in the community.


Case Study: Roundhouse Partnership

The Roundhouse Partnership consist of a group of people, based mainly in Cardiff, who came together several years ago to set up a sustainable land management project. After a couple of years of searching they found two pieces of land, a woodland of 5.7 acres and a two-acre plot of agricultural land.


Cynllunio: asesiad o'r effaith amgylcheddol

Os ydych yn ystyried prosiect tyfu cymunedol newydd yng Nghymru , neu ehangu eich prosiect presennol, efallai y bydd angen i chi wneud Asesiad Effaith Amgylcheddol, yn enwedig os yw hyn yn ar ardaloedd heb ei drin yn flaenorol neu led - naturiol, neu brosiectau sy'n newid daliadau tir gwledig yn gorfforol.

Mae Llywodraeth Cymru wedi cynhyrchu'r canllawiau canlynol ar Asesu Effeithiau Amgylcheddol




Cynllunio: Cymorth Cynllunio Cymru

Mae Cymorth Cynllunio Cymru (CCC) yn sefydliad elusennol, annibynnol sy’n helpu unigolion a chymunedau ledled Cymru i gymryd rhan yn fwy effeithiol yn y system gynllunio.



Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.


CLAS Cymru and Cae Tan on Big Lottery Blog

A case Study on the Big Lottery Fund Wales blog highlights the help and support given by the Community Land Advisory Service at Cae Tan, a community supported agriculture site on the Gower in Wales. The site was unfenced and unused for 30 years, but has become a thriving hub of community activity including a shared sheep flock, fruit share scheme and a major programme of tree planting. 



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