Access to land for farming: land partnerships and legal arrangements

18 July 2013

This one day workshop looked at land partnerships, a new approach which encourages landowners and land entrepreneurs to work together to open up land for new businesses. The day brought together Soil Association Future Growers and Biodynamic Association's Apprentices to think about accessing land for their own farming and growing enterprises. 

We explored the legal agreements available within the UK, with an emphasis on principles and responsibilities. With our visiting European participants we looked at the various arrangements that each project uses in their home country to access land.

The day ended with a visit to The Community Farm at Chew Magna, just outside Bristol to see how a land partnership approach has enable a new community owned horticulture project and a cluster of new business to work together.


Land Partnerships, David Riddle of 3D Rural

Leases and Licenses, Jade Bashford of the Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS)

The Community Farm, farm walk led by Andy Dibben and John English

This event was organised by the Soil Association, in partnership with Biodynamic Land Trust and Community Land Advisory Service. It is part of a Grundtvig-funded EU wide project on access to land for sustainable farming. The project is led by French land trust Terre de Liens whose phenomenal story saw them raise over €30 million to fund the purchase over 100 organic and biodynamic farms. Information on the participating projects is available here.

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