Community Empowerment Participation Requests

New rights have come into effect in Scotland (from April 1, 2017) which will enable communities to identify local needs and issues and request action to be taken on them by public sector authorities and Health Boards. 


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.


CLAS in Chief Estate Surveyors Magazine 2016

There's a page about the Community Land Advisory Service in the latest issue of the Terrier Magazine, the quarterly publication of the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors and Property Managers in the Public Sector. It's to do with CLAS in general and the recent publication of the Rural Estate Asset Management Planning Guide. Find out about the Terrier and ACES here:


Guidance: Farm Diversification & Community Growing

Using land for community food or fruit growing schemes is a small but growing trend among innovative farmers, who recognise the potential for both personal and financial rewards, as well as a sense of supporting the wider locality.

What is community growing? Put simply, it’s a generic term that covers many different activities but all involving local people coming together – usually as part of a small, volunteer-led groups - to take part in cultivation.


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.


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.


Video: Chilterns Community CIC

A video from Shared Assets about a new community interest company being spun out from the woodland service at Wycombe District Council to manage 14 local authority owned woodlands.

Chiltern Rangers CIC from Shared Assets on Vimeo.



Planning: Planning Policy & Community Growing

Sustain have produced a special guide to using planning policy to meet strategic objectives through community food growing.

The guide brings together examples of planning policies around the UK that support community food growing. It is aimed primarily at planning authorities to help them to use food growing as a way of creating healthy communities. 

This is a specific recommendation within the Planning Practice Guidance that goes with the National Planning Policy Framework for England, but a principle that is relevant across the UK.


Case Study: The Book People, Surrey

Staff at The Book People have been growing their own produce for four years, courtesy of a popular workplace garden scheme set up in 2009. There are 31 garden plots available for use over three sites and all are free of charge for staff to use. The largest is at the head office in Godalming, where an old kitchen garden has been converted into a series of 1 x 2 metre plots. The other two are on industrial sites at Bangor and Haydock, next to book warehouses. These are particularly appreciated as there is little green space locally.



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