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Older people living in care are twice as likely to experience loneliness as those in the community.We are looking for friendly volunteers with an interest in helping others to gardening, to support…Continue

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Can You Help Combat Loneliness?

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Growing Support are looking for friendly volunteers with interests in gardening and supporting people, to help older people and people with dementia take part in gardening activities.  You will…Continue

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We're looking for friendly volunteers to join our team working hard to enable people with dementia to stay physically and socially active.Join us and make a valuable contribution to your community,…Continue

Using Gardening to Address Social Isolation

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How You Can Help Tackle Social Isolation in Your CommunityRecent research shows up to 50% of older people living in care never go outside and they are twice as likely to experience severe loneliness…Continue

Approaching Landowners

Before approaching a landowner it is worth preparing so that you can make your case effectively. Below are a few questions that Somerset Community Food and the Community Land Advisory Service have encourage people to ask themselves:

1. What reasons will you give the landowner that could convince them to support your project?
2. Why should they allow you to start?
3. What concerns are they likely to have and how can you reassure them?
4. How will your group come across - well organised with good intent?
5. What benefits can you list?

Benefits you may be able to list include:
    •    Improving the appearance of the land
    •    Reducing or taking away the need for the landowner to maintain the land
    •    Financial benefits
    •    Security and safety improvements

Communicating with landowners

Some top tips for interacting with landowners, learnt from projects in our network:

•    Be professional – just have one or two people as main contacts – the landowner will want to know that the group is serious, organised and competent
•    Be fair about financial considerations – offer to cover any loss of single farm payment
•    Flexible – acknowledge the needs and concerns of the landowner and offer terms they can sign up to
•    Be a good neighbour
•    Show positive case studies from elsewhere (See examples from Somerset here).
    •    Ensure you are always polite and friendly, but be assertive.
    •    Make sure you have financial information with you.

Making contact

Some groups write letters however many have benefitted from making appointments that gives them a chance to explain their ideas, focusing on the benefits. Meeting face to face is also the first step in building a relationship.

The Community Land Advisory Service have put together a template letter for groups approaching landowners & organising their first site meetings. Download it here.

Approaching public landowners

Public landowners, such as the NHS or local authorities, have their own aims and objectives and ‘corporate social responsibility’. One of the best ways to access land from these landowners is to show:

    •    How you will positively address their aims & objectives
    •    This will be a low cost way of meeting their objectives

Click here to read the Community Land Advisory Service’s top tips for approaching Local Authorities.

Once you have identified a plot and successfully communicated with a landowner, you will be ready to negotiate and get a written land agreement. Click here for more information about that process.

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