Community Land Advisory Service Launched In Wales
Communities in Wales wanting to grow food for climate and health benefits will get more land to cultivate, thanks to a new project funded by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG).
The Community Land Advisory Service in Wales will help tackle the shortage of available land for community gardening using a £600,000 grant from BIG’s Climate Change Programme.
The cash will be used across Wales to deliver a five year project, providing specialist guidance and support to around 250 community food growing projects and 100 landowners. An estimated 5,000 people engaged in projects such as community gardens, farms, allotments and orchards will directly benefit, with health and better eating benefits going to around 50,000 people. The Service will aim to support the setting up of 75 new projects across Wales.
The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) is managed by the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens, which will recruit a team of three specialists to give hands on advice and support to both community groups and landowners, with further support from stakeholder and advisory groups. There will also be free online information and advice at http://wl.communitylandadvice.org.uk/