@The Field

In 2010 an eight acre field in the village of Dunkeld in Perthshire was gifted to the Soil Association Land Trust. The owner of the field wanted to ensure it was saved from development and returned to organic food production.

Local people established a group to manage the land – ‘@The Field’ – and became incorporated as a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) with the aims of growing food according to organic principles in a bio-diverse environment and providing information and education on organic food growing and biodiversity to the local community.

Local advice was needed to agree a lease that complied with Scottish land law. The Trust and the community group approached the Community Land Advice Service (CLAS) who were able to advise on the negotiation of the heads of terms, rent and tenants improvements and suitable terms and conditions.

@The Field now have over 60 members. Takings from twice weekly market stall sales average over £130 per day. Members are entitled to discounted vegetables and any fresh surplus is sold to the Birnam Institute, local hotels, and schools – all of whom have promised to feature it as organically-grown, local produce on their menus.