• An interactive tool on tenure models for community or land based enterprises

    Investigate the pros, cons and considerations for different types of land tenure options.

    There is no “right” type of agreement for most of these business types – use the infographic to see what options are open to you, and to understand what questions you might need to ask.

  • Unlocking Networks

    A hub for social movement-makers, community managers and local group leaders to unlock the power of successful peer networks.

    It contains a handbook, a toolkit and case studies.

  • Making Land Work

    This site presents some of the most successful and ambitious examples of community land management in the UK. Have a browse to learn from their work. 

  • Food Growing in Parks

    This guide, co-written with Sustain member Shared Assets, shows how councils can take forward food growing in parks, using public assets to address local priorities. The guide shows councils not only the many benefits of using parks for food growing, but the different options for working with their local communities to manage these sites.

  • Transforming derelict or underused land through community-led models

    This guide should be of interest to both new and established community based organisations. It starts with an introduction to the benefits and challenges of reclaiming land, and then goes onto discuss the different models and approaches that communities could consider further when undertaking similar projects. It serves as an introduction to the subject and demonstrates how to bring communities together to take action to bring land back into productive use.

  • Scaling Land Based Social Enterprises

    We were funded by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to look at how a range of a UK based social innovations had scaled-up, and what lessons land based social enterprises could learn. We produced three publications to help groups that are considering scaling up:


    set of short case studies outlining the challenges and successes faced by five social innovations

    set of thought guides outlining the tensions faced by social sector organisations when making decisions about scaling up

    group decision making toolkit to help groups make better decisions about scaling

  • Woodland Social Enterprises and the UK Planning System

    This report explores the impact of the planning system on UK woodland social enterprises. It summarises the key parts of the planning system in all 4 UK countries, and outlines some of the main challenges that WSEs have with the system.  It was commissioned by the Making Local Woods Work programme, and complements nicely with our previous report on Planning for Common Good Land Use, but takes a deep dive into the often complex world of planning and forestry.  It consists of three main elements:


    The main report

    An open spreadsheet summarising key reading and resources

    Guidance Note for WSEs on the planning system

  • Local Land Economies (local food growing and resilience)

    We were funded by Friends Provident Foundation to explore the ways in which community food growing contributes to local economic resilience.

    Local economic resilience. This guide sets out how community food enterprises contribute to local economic resilience and suggests ways in which you might provide evidence of your impact. This can help strengthen the case you can make to local authorities, funders and others when looking for support or access to land.

    Access to land: working with local authorities. This guide provides advice and guidance to help you work with local authorities to secure access to land to establish and develop your businesses

    Better food systems. This guide helps you identify what elements you need to be place to create a resilient local food system. What roles do you play, who do you need to work with, and what’s missing in your area?

    Understanding the planning system. This guide sets out all you need to know about applying for planning permission for structures and dwellings for small scale agriculture and community enterprises.

  • Local Land Economies (local food growing and resilience)

    We were funded by Friends Provident Foundation to explore the ways in which community food growing contributes to local economic resilience.


    Local economic resilience: the role of community food enterprises. This guide uses case studies, and draws on interviews with local authority officers and elected members, to set out the benefits that community food growers can deliver to local economic resilience and how local authorities can best support them.

    Essential rural workers’ accommodation for local authorities. This guide sets out the primary considerations for decision makers when determining applications for low impact agricultural dwellings in England, and helps identify applications that should be granted consent.