Agreements

Leases: Flowchart for Lease Type (Scotland)

The Community Land Advisory Service has created a flowchart to guide users who want to find the right type of lease for their project or interest in Scotland.

Simply download the document, choose which category best suits your group or situation and then answer the questions to find out which lease best suits.

Flowchart for Lease Type (Scotland)

 

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Leases Overview: Start Here!

Start here for an overview and introduction to the topic of Leases. Please remember that leases and the legal processes surrounding them vary from country to country in the UK. Therefore we advise seeking legal help where possible. Meanwhile, to read the overview, simply click the document link below:

Leases Overview

 

 

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Guidance for Registered Social Landlords

This guidance is aimed at Registered Social Landlords such as housing associations which may want to get involved in community gardening or design community gardens or allotments into their plans. It is intended as a primer to help RSLs understand the needs and benefits of community growing and draws on examples of current housing-led community growing projects and explains how each has been developed.

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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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Accessing Land Process (for Community Groups)

This generic guide takes community growing groups (or those hoping to start one) through the process involved in setting up a community garden on a site. It provides a broad step-by-step process and links to useful information resources created by CLAS. However, it is important to bear in mind that this is an example - different circumstances and different groups may require variations on this process.

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Tenancies: Shelter (Scotland)

Shelter is primarily aimed at giving advice to do with homes and buildings, but there is some useful general advice about tenancies and related issues:

Shelter (Scotland) website

 

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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: National Allotment Society (formerly NSALG)

National Allotment Society

01536 266 576

www.nsalg.org.uk

Formerly known as the National Society for Allotments and Leisure Gardeners, this is a members’ co-operative which protects, promotes and preserves allotments. It provides advice and information to both allotment holders and home gardeners. NAS has a legal team and can help draft non-standard agreements between councils or private landlords and allotment associations.

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