Access to land update, events all over Europe, reports and more!

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In this our third newsletter, we highlight the wealth of resources we are compiling on our website and the great number of events that are emerging to explore land issues.

Of course as a European network we cannot ignore the fact that one of our members has recently voted to leave the European Union. The Soil Association explores this here.

Update on our work

Since our last newsletter, we’ve also been working on several key themes. Here's an update on some of them:
  • XCT have been looking at the role of local authorities across Europe and the levers we can use to influence them. We are pulling together some great new case studies but meanwhile have a look at the Hamburg Cities Estate.
  • Terre de Liens are exploring the needs and support mechanisms available for new entrants, including incubator farms which in France are supported by the Reneta network. Read about them in our Directory
  • Ecoruralis and Rurbans are analysing the role of small farms. Learn more about what peasant farming means from Christian Hiß of RWAG in Germany and Derek Freitas of Ecoruralis of Romania.
We’ll be highlighting this work at some of the upcoming events but also in subsequent newsletters, so watch this space.


It has been really interesting pulling together a report section on access to land on our website. These resources provide an insight on EU and national contexts, uncover new perspectives and enable us to get to grips with this multifaceted issue. Here is a taster of recent reports: There are more reports, as well as videos, case studies, examples of good practice and comment and opinion pieces in the Resources section of the website.
If you come across relevant news, reports, or other resources on access to land, please do let us know.


There are so many events happening on land issues over the next few months. Here is our pick of the crop:
Lastly, if you haven’t yet, do watch and share our film: The Land for our Food for an introduction to land issues across Europe. It is now available in English, French, German, Catalan, Spanish, Italian, Romanian and Czech. Find out if there is a screening near you or get in touch with us if you'd like to screen it.

Get social about land

In the meantime you can follow us on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #accesstoland

This newsletter is produced as part of an Erasmus+ partnership involving the following organisations:

AIAB Lazio, Italy
EcoRuralis, Romania
Regionalwert AG, Germany
Rurbans – Escola de Pastors de Catalunya, Spain
Soil Association, UK
Terre de liens, France (coordinator)
Terre-en-vue, Belgium
The Real Farming Trust, UK
Xarxa de custodia del territori, Spain

All views expressed in this newsletter are solely those of the authors. Erasmus+ and European Commission are not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained here.

Who are we?

Here we introduce some of the network members:

Soil Association, UK

A charity and organic certification body, the Soil Association promotes good food and farming, runs training for new entrants and safeguards organic land through its Land Trust. Read more.

Xarxa de la Custodia del Territori, Catalonia

XCT is an umbrella organisation representing over 160 organisations. They work to promote stewardship agreements as a conservation strategy for the natural, cultural and landscape resources across Catalonia. Read more.

New members
We are pleased to welcome three new organisations - BioBoden, Germany; NEL (Netzwerk Existenzgründung in der Landwirtschaft), Austria; and Nadace Pro Pudu, CZ. These new members represent two new countries in our European network. More on them in the next newsletter.

Find out who else is working on access to land in our Directory.

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