Resilient Green Spaces - Community Access to Farms and Land
This part of our Resilient Green Spaces project focused on access to land for sustainable farming in Wales.
Welsh farmland is the most expensive in the UK, and over the past 35 years the number of tenants on council farmland have dropped by around two thirds. However, land assets can be used to address some of our biggest challenges - an ageing farming population, climate breakdown, biodiversity loss and soil erosion.
Landworkers' Alliance and Shared Assets teamed up to find ways to realise the challenges and opportunities of access to land for new entrants and local communities interested in agroecological farming.
Shared Assets (project lead)
Landworkers' Alliance Cymru (project lead)
Social Farms & Gardens
Helped three community groups to buy the land they operate on, giving them security
Researched the extent of publicly owned agricultural land in Wales
Researched the needs, skills gaps and experiences of new agroecological farmers in Wales
Held events and discussions with public, private and institutional landowners and land-seekers
Supported land purchases for community farms
Created a suite of case studies and reviews to:
support communities and new entrants to access land
Enable landowners to confidently open up their land for agroecological growing
Find out more about the barriers faced by those working on community access to land and the key changes needed to expand it.
We asked public landholders and people seeking land in Wales about the land they manage, or would like to manage. Our survey analysis shows the appetite for, current scale of, and barriers to community-based approaches to farming in Wales. See key findings from the survey and opportunities for public bodies and land-seekers.
Our policy review clarified the context of the Resilient Green Spaces project, both in Wales and in relation to the wider UK. Understand the gaps and opportunities in policy relevant to publicly owned land, community rights and access to land, and other related areas.
Land Trust recommendations for policy-makers and local authorities
We explored the potential for the development of land trusts as an alternative model for greater community access to land in Wales. Our series of recommendations for policy-makers and local authorities show how land could be used to increase opportunities for new entrants and local communities.
Our findings and recommendations for councils highlight the barriers faced by those working on community access to public land, and the key policy changes needed to move things forward in the public interest, centring social and environmental values.
Learn from existing good practice and get useful advice from others who are trying to work creatively to support access to land. Based on discussion, feedback, survey research, the guides can help landowners and seekers to take the next step.