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Finding Land Overview: Start Here

Start here with an overview of the topic: Finding Land. This document is aimed at new community growing groups, landowners and groups already on a site who might be looking to expand or add to the site. You can download the document using the link below:

Finding Land Overview: Start Here

 

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Business & Water Rates in Scotland

This factsheet provides a brief overview of business (non-domestic) and water rates, as they apply to community growing groups in Scotland (including community gardens, market gardens, allotments and community agricultural projects).  The contents of this factsheet apply to Scotland only. Please download the document using the link below:

Factsheet: Business (non domestic) and water rates in Scotland

 

 

 

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Case Study: Wild Elements

Wild Elements is a social enterprise based in North Wales, dedicated to getting people outdoors and closer to nature in a fun way, through forest schools and outdoor play schemes and community projects and events. It was set up by Thomas Cockbill and Resi Tomat in March 2013. They had previously been working for the National Trust at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, Gwynedd, carrying out education activities. When that project finished, they could see a need for nature-based play services in the local area.

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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.

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CLAS Listed in Euro Access To Land website

The Community Land Advisory Service, which currrently operates in England, Scotland and Wales,  is listed in the directory of the new website for the European Access to Land network, which brings together grassroots organisations from across Europe.

 

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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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CLAS responds to Smith commission on power in Scotland

CLAS has added its voice to voluntary and community sector views for the Smith Commission enquiry into increased devolution for the Scottish Parliament. Included in the response are issues raised about giving Scottish Communities rights, in relation to land held by public sector landowners whose governance is reserved to Westminster, and devolution of Ordnance Survey, the UK's national mapping agency. 

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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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Case Study: Cae Tan

Cae Tân, a community supported agriculture CSA project, is located on a beautiful rural site in Ilston on the Gower peninsula, Wales. The location is next to a couple of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and within the Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The project is in the early stages, but their experiences around planning and leasing will be useful to others setting up CSAs.

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