Making Land Work

Using 12 short films and case studies we captured the strengths of 12 community land projects from across the UK and created a microsite to share learning about what makes them work.

We know that many community groups and social enterprises that manage land value peer to peer learning, gaining insight and knowledge from those running similar projects. We also know that many landowners are unsure about how community land management can be executed well, and that it is hard for policymakers to know how to best support the sector.

We captured the strengths of 12 community land projects from across the UK to make it easier for practitioners, landowners and policymakers to get a sense of what land based social enterprise can do, and how to get it done.

We then created an easily searchable microsite to make it easy for anyone to find the case studies that were most relevant to them.

You can see Making Land Work: Success in land based social enterprise here.

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