Accessing land

Event: Could Scottish Land Reforms Come to Wales?

Do you want to learn about the recent Scottish land reforms and how they are empowering communities to own and manage land and buildings? Could these changes be applied in Wales?

Where: Glyndŵr University, 1887 Restaurant, Plas Coch Campus, Mold Road, Wrexham LL11 2AW

When: Tuesday 14th November 2017, 11am to 3pm

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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.


Canllawiau ar gyfer Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig

Mae'r canllawiau hyn ar gyfer Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig fel cymdeithasau tai a all eisiau cymryd rhan mewn garddio cymunedol neu gymuned ddylunio gerddi neu randiroedd yn eu cynlluniau. Y bwriad yw fel primer i helpu Landlordiaid Cymdeithasol Cofrestredig ddeall anghenion a manteision tyfu cymunedol ac yn tynnu ar enghreifftiau o brosiectau tyfu cymunedol presennol a arweinir gan dai ac yn egluro sut mae pob un wedi cael ei ddatblygu.


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.


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…


Finding Land: Community Growing On NHS Land

The National Health Service owns 6.9 million hectares of land across the UK and already provides space for dozens of community growing sites.  If your group is seeking land and think there might be some suitable NHS-owned land available, then an approach is definitely worth making.

Download the following document for more information: Community Growing On NHS Land


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.


News: Wales Planning Bill Response

CLAS Cymru has responsed to the ‘Positive Planning’ consultation document for the draft Welsh Planning Bill, suggesting ways that planning law in Wales can be improved in order to help with access to land and better development rights for valuable community growing projects.


Applying for grants on rented land


This document provides guidance on applying for grants when a project operates on rented land. It deals with grants for community groups, not farm grants (Stewardship, Single Farm Payment etc). Eligibility for a grant may depend on proving how long the group has the land for, as funders often want to make sure that the project will be around long enough to get the maximum benefit from the grant.


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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