Wales

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?

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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Wales Future Growers Conference Presentations

The Wales Future Generations Conference held at Coed Hills in the Vale of Glamorgan on 8th and 9th July 2016 was attended by 42 community growers and policy makers from across Wales. Highlights included presentations from: 

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Case Study: Talgarth Mill, Wales

An innovative land purchase by a Community Interest Company has given a unique, community-run flour mill space for gardening at a peppercorn rent.

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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.

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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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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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News: CLAS Cymru launches in Wales

New Land Advice Service Launched By Minister At Royal Welsh Show

A new initiative, aimed at helping landowners and community growers work together to reap the rewards of the ‘grow your own’ boom, received the Welsh Government’s seal of approval at the Royal Welsh Show this week.

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