Our resources section highlights a number of CLAS Scotland specific resources for use and signposts to some key publications that support land use for community growing and nature based activities. If you would like to see something included in this section please contact scotland@farmgarden.org.uk

The Landowners Guide


This guide provides comprehensive information and advice to anyone seeking to secure land for community run nature based and growing activities: landowners, project groups and support organisations are all benefiting from using the Guide. 

Download the guide for free here



See the Planning section of the Landowners Guide. At the time of writing Permitted Development Rights for community growing and allotments will be reviewed in Autumn 2021 you can read more HERE

Have you had experience (good or bad) of applying for planning in your community growing setting? We'd like to know. Has the threat of a planning application stopped you from developing your site in a particular way? Perhaps your local authority planning department has been really supportive of your work. Please let us know so we can share and highlight good practice to other local authorities.










Who Owns the Land

who_owns_the_land_front_cover.jpgThis resource provides information and guidance on how to find out who owns land in Scotland using the national land title registers, the Land Register of Scotland and the Register of Sasines (pronounced “say-zeens”). For nearly 400 years, it has been impossible to become the owner of land and buildings in Scotland without registering one’s title in one or other of these registers. Accordingly, they are a highly comprehensive source of information as to land ownership.

Download the guide for free HERE









Template leases

Style lease template – Allotment let
Style lease template - General
Style lease template – Grazing let
Style lease template – Modern limited duration tenancy
Style lease template – Short limited duration tenancy

Many thanks to Scottish lawfirm Burness Paull for their support in creating these templates.

OS digital greenspace map

Visit this page at Green Spaces Scotland for a free interactive digital map to find accessible recreational and leisure greenspace anywhere in Britain – parks, public gardens, playing fields, sports areas, play spaces, allotments and community gardens. 

Land Registry Scotland 

Visit this Land Registry page for an online search portal which allows users to find details about land ownership in Scotland.

This is a paid-for service, but you can find valuable information including:

  • The Title Register, which contains a description of the property. From the Title Register you can find out who owns the house or land, the address of the owner, and details of Charges and Burdens affecting the property. This deed is equivalent to the Title Register in England and Wales.
  • The Title Plan, which shows the general extent of the property by red edging. Scottish Title Plans are prepared on the Ordnance Survey map and include the outline of the surrounding properties.

Stalled Spaces 

The Glasgow City Council Stalled Spaces programme supports the temporary use/greening of spaces awaiting development. Visit their website for more information

COSS Site appraisal checklist

Thinking of taking on a site? Click here for a useful checklist of site features to help with your assessment on the Community Ownership Support Service website.



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