Be it setting up supply and distribution chains, forming agreements with landowners, supporting local authority departments, working with developers or gathering support for a campaign, the land based social enterprises below showcase the importance of not working alone.
The community of Abriachan bought this forest in the late 1990s and have developed the site into a productive forest with plenty of recreational and educational facilities. Through their story we learn about developing public access, promoting the forest as a destination, and increasing facilities and infrastructure through community land management.
For over ten years, the community of Jericho have been fighting to protect and develop a canalside public square. Through their story, we learn how resistance campaigns can use the planning system and work with developers and local authorities to achieve their aims.
Members of OrganicLea workers’ co-op are running a thriving food growing project- with elements of recreation, education and campaigning- on ex-council land. Brian talks us through the co-op’s relationship with the local council and how have they have developed their project, income and ideas.
Saffron Acres is the site of 68 new social eco-homes and a community food growing project delivering jam and preserves across the country. Through their story, we learn the importance of business partnerships, the benefits Saffron Acres offers the City Council, and some innovative ways to create successful enterprises in deprived areas.
Maintaining the river for riparian landowners whilst training volunteers and apprentices is how the River Stewardship Company realise their vision of more engaged communities and a healthier river. Helen Batt talks us through their focus on income generation and enterprise, how they scaled the project and their exciting business improvement district work in which 250 business are…
Three friends in Liverpool are developing their campaign to transform a heaving flyover that is facing demolition into a green centrepiece of the city. Through their story we learn about how to communicate uncompromising vision and build unlikely partnerships to see through a remarkable idea for your community.
Tree Station are taking the surplus wood generated throughout Greater Manchester and making it work. Reducing carbon emissions and producing everything from the wood for John Lewis chopping boards to woodfuel, Patrick Morello talks us through their negotiations with council commissioning, the importance of local, ethical partnerships and the benefits of accreditation.