About Forest CLT

What is a Community Land Trust?


A model of affordable housing and community development.

A Community Land Trust, or CLT for short, is a non-profit organisation set up and run by ordinary people to develop and maintain homes and assets like buildings or other amenities, on behalf of a community. This puts the control of those properties into the hands of local people. The CLT acts as the long-term steward of these assets ensuring that they remain affordable and available to the community forever.

Forest CLT is also a Community Benefit Society and as such everything we do must be for the benefit of the community as a whole, including how we reinvest any profits – now and always.

We are also a member of the National Community Land Trust Network, the official charity supporting Community Land Trusts in England and Wales. 


What does this mean in practice?

Video courtesy of the National CLT Network.

What our members say

“I identify with the ideals of sustainability, community living, resource and skill pooling, as well as using land in a way that maximises the benefit it can bring to as many people as possible.”

Forest Community Land Trust Limited is a Community Benefit Society registered with the Financial Conduct Authority (No.7849) operating for the benefit of the community of Waltham Forest and an Exempt Charity registered with HMRC (No. ZD01410).

Forest CLT meeting

Next steps

Are you passionate about truly affordable housing, sustainability and community? This is how you can help.