26 Sep 2018

Social Farms & Gardens (SF&G) has received Welsh Government funding of nearly £125,000 to support community groups, local authorities and land owners to access, own and improve green spaces in their area.

The new funding has been hailed as a major boost for community green space projects in Wales, giving them free access to receive much-needed support and advice around issues such as finding land, leases and planning permissions. The two-year grant demonstrates the Welsh Government's commitment to driving up the quality of local green space and supporting communities to identify and take control of the green spaces around them.
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This project will be delivered by the Community Land Advisory Service in Wales (CLAS Cymru), a well-established initiative which uses in-house specialist experience and knowledge to advise community gardening and farming projects on all aspects of land and planning queries. CLAS Cymru has been operating in Wales for five years, thanks to groundbreaking funding from the Big Lottery Fund in 2013.

The dedicated CLAS Cymru project team will receive support from Social Farms & Gardens staff members in Wales to meet a target of helping at least 50 community groups per year with their land and planning needs. Out of these, 10 projects per year will be awarded community management certificates. These projects will also be showcased and celebrated at an annual event.

CLAS Cymru Coordinator Lucie Taylor, said she was delighted at the new grant: "Thanks to the Welsh Government funding, we will be able to continue expanding on the achievements of CLAS Cymru over the past five years. It means that vital support will be in place for everyone involved in green spaces, ensuring that more land in Wales will be used for the benefit of local communities, which can have an enormous impact on health and wellbeing."

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If you need any land or planning advice for your community green space project, contact: Lucie Taylor, CLAS Cymru Coordinator - lucie@communitylandadvice.org.uk 02921960966 or Gary Mitchell, SF&G Wales Manager - Gary@farmgarden.org.uk

To learn more about community gardens, why they matter to Wales and find inspiring examples, check out our 'Invest in Nature Cymru - Community Gardens' webpage.