Community Groups

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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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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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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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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FAQs: Groups Already On A Site

The following FAQ documents are aimed at groups who are already established on a site and who may be planning to develop that site or find new sites to expand their work. The FAQs will help with information and advice on issues including leases, planning restrictions, costs involved and negotiation.

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FAQs: Groups Seeking Land

This series of FAQ document contain advice for new or prospective community groups about finding, securing and sustaining land for formal and informal amenity open space, gardening and food growing. The FAQs are split into five separate documents for ease of reference, each one covering an important topic for community growing groups seeking land.

Please note that due to differences in regulations and law, there may be a choice of versions available depending on which country you need. Just click on the links to download the documents.

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