About CLAS Scotland

The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) aims to help make more land available, and to facilitate access to that land, for use by community gardening and food growing groups across the UK. CLAS is an impartial, collaborative service, that aims to help communities and land managers gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing advice and guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues.

We do this by:

  • Showcasing good practice
  • Providing practical, hands-on support where necessary
  • Creating useful information resources, such as template leases and technical advice
  • Collaborating with other stakeholder organisations to complement existing support on a UK, national and local level
  • Promoting mixed use – such as local food growing, play, wildlife and community land use in social housing areas
  • Raising the profile of CLAS and community land use among landowners, community sector organisations, funders and policy-makers.

CLAS aims to work:

  • Locally by providing direct advice and support to landowners and community groups in order to secure land access on fair terms that meet the needs of both parties.
  • UK-wide through a centre of expertise, guidance and support that accommodates the different contexts and legal structures in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The Community Land Advisory Service is project-managed by Social Farms & Gardens (SFG). SFG is managed by an elected Board of Trustees, is the legal recipient of CLAS funds and is the accountable body for CLAS work. 

A leaflet explaining more about CLAS is available to download using the following link: CLAS Information Leaflet.


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