Communicating

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Overview: Negotiating

Start here for an overview and introduction to the topic of communications and negotiating around leases. This document is aimed at landowners and community growing groups to give an overview of what is involved in negotiations over land and leases and guide them through the challenges to a compromise which satisfies both parties. To read the overview, simply click the document link below:

Overview: Negotiating

 

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Case Study: Llangollen Community Garden

This organic food-growing community garden, based on the site of an abandoned plot in Llangollen, is owned by Denbighshire County Council which gave permission for the development of community growing in 2012. It’s an excellent example of the process of setting up a community garden on a council site, with a licence rather than a lease.

Catherine Veasey, who has been involved in the development of the garden through the local Friends Of The Earth group, describes more about the garden and how it worked with the council.

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Case Study: The Grove Community Garden

The former site of the Fountain Brewery in the Fountainbridge area of central Edinburgh, which has been earmarked for development in the future, has been the focus of a partnership between Grosvenor, an international property development business, and a local community group to turn part of the site into a 'meanwhile' community garden.

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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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Case Study: Fordhall Farm, Shropshire

The Fordhall Community Land Initiative is an industrial and Provident Society with charitable status. It is currently owned by over 8000 shareholders and demonstrates what can be achieved by private landowners and communities working together.

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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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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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Useful Link: Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society

The Scottish Allotments and Gardens Society (SAGS) works for allotment sites and plot holders throughout Scotland to:

  • Protect sites
  • Preserve skills in gardening and design
  • Promote the value of allotments

For more information about SAGS visit the website at www.sags.org.uk or email: secretary@sags.org.uk

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Useful Link: Tenant Farmers Association

Tenant Farmers Association

www.tfa.org.uk

The Tenant Farmers Association gives professional advice, including legal advice, to its members. The TFA is the only organisation dedicated to the agricultural tenanted sector and is the authentic voice on behalf of tenant farmers.  The TFA lobbies at all levels of Government and gives professional advice to its members.  Access to advice, information and services designed specifically for tenant farmers is available to those who join the association.

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Useful Link: COSS Scotland

The Community Ownership Support Service (COSS) is a Scottish Government funded project, set up to help community-based groups in Scotland to take on land or building assets for their community.  This adviser based service is being delivered Scotland-wide and aims to provide community groups and landowners with a bespoke support service on all aspects of asset transfer, including negotiating.

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