There are many inspirational projects out there, run by communities or not-for-profit companies, growing, training and celebrating. Here are some of them – let us know if you discover another inspirational gem.
For case studies of organisations who have successfully utilised community shares to help them start up, grow and be sustainable see http://www.communityshares.org.uk/case-studies
Nottingham – Ecoworks:
Community gardens, market gardens, forest garden, community orchard, training, café, veg boxes and a whole lot more.
Hill Holt Wood – Norton Disney, Lincs
community woodland, training, events, green building, reed beds, architecture and eco design, eco minds, health projects, weddings and more
Holly Hayes Wood – Whitwick, Leics
Woodland owned by the community, training for young people, meadows, supported by the National Forest Company.
Fordhall Farm – Community Land Initiative – Shropshire
Organic farm tenanted by one farmer, but owned by 8000 members of the public. An industrial provident society with community-owned shares.
Treesponsibility – Hebden Bridge
Tree planting by the community on a large scale.
Offshoots – Blackburn
Training, growing food, bee, permaculture site.
Incredible Edible – Todmorden
Grow and campaign for local food – grow food absolutely everywhere, and there is now an incredible edible network of towns.
Community Woodland Network