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"It was 1998 when Hugh moved into the original River Cottage in Dorset, to start growing and rearing some of his own food. 'River Cottage' has since grown and developed, but continues to stand for the same principles of increasing self-sufficiency, food sustainability, and the consumption of local, seasonal produce.

"The idea of Landshare came about after Hugh helped a group of families in Bristol set up allotments on some derelict land owned by the council. He was then further inspired by Incredible Edibles Todmorden and a garden share scheme in Transition Town Totnes. Hugh and River Cottage created Landshare in order to give everyone across the UK the opportunity to share space and grow their own... Channel 4 is proud to have been the founding partner and funder of Landshare... Landshare is supported by The Digital Media IP Fund in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and the Creative Scotland Innovation Fund.

"The Community Land Advisory Service (CLAS) is an impartial, collaborative initiative, designed to help tackle the lack of available land for community gardening and associated activities. Demand from the community sector for land has outstripped traditional sources of supply in recent years, leading to issues such as 10-year waiting lists for allotments in some cities."[1]

Landshare was launched by KEO films in the UK in 2009 through the River Cottage TV programme.

Influential writer George Monbiot has credited Landshare's Jane Lucy and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall as two of the most inspiring eco-heroes working to change the world for the better. [1]


Accessed April 2013: [2]



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  1. LandShare Partners, organizational web page, accessed April 24, 2013.
  2. LandShare Partners, organizational web page, accessed April 24, 2013.