This report was the main outcome of our 'Common Good Land Use in England - State of the Sector' research work in 2019.

Some of the key findings from the report were that common good land users are: 

  • Generally managing small parcels of land (although some operate at a significant scale) 
  • Most often working on woodland, horticultural land, or parks/open space (and in many cases on more than one type of land) 
  • Highly dependent on freelance or part-time staff and volunteers 
  • Usually working with small budgets and surpluses 
  • Earning income through selling products and services, but also reliant on grants and fundraising 
  • Managing a mix of legal organisational forms and relationships to the land 
  • Part of vibrant and effective local networks and relationships, and drawing on their local community for advice and support 
  • Needing external support for more technical issues such as legal advice, but are most in need of more skilled staff and secure funding streams
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