Access To Land

United Kingdom
Community Land Advisory Service

The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) aims to help make more land available and to facilitate access to that land, for use by community gardening and food growing groups across the UK.
CLAS is an impartial, collaborative service, working with both land managers and community groups to gain satisfactory agreements on access to land by providing advice and guidance on technical lease agreements and related issues.

We do this by:
• Showcasing good practice
• Providing practical, hands-on support where necessary
• Creating useful information resources, such as template leases and technical advice
• Collaborating with other stakeholder organisations to complement existing support on a UK, national and local level
• Promoting mixed use – such as local food growing, play, wildlife and community land use in social housing areas
• Raising the profile of CLAS and community land use among landowners, community sector organisations, funders and policy-makers.

The Community Land Advisory Service is project-managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG), a charity registered in England, Scotland and Wales. FCFCG is managed by an elected Board of Trustees, is the legal recipient of CLAS funds and is the accountable body for CLAS work.

Main activities: Land stewardship ; Support for farmers ; Policy/ advocacy ; Ethical finance ; Land acquisition/ ownership ; Public education ; Farming ; Awareness raising ; New entrants

Geographical scope: National

Types of agriculture: CSA, AMAP, consumers co-operative ; Local supply chains ; Organic ; Peasant ; Biodynamic

Place: The Greenhouse, Hereford Street, Bedminster, Bristol BS3 4NA
Creation Date: 2012
Web site:
Contact person: Rebecca Marshall
Organisation's contact email address:

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