Are you interested in reimagining urban land

use today that provides for future generations?

The People's Land Trust is an art project that 

explores community land ownership through the Community Land Trust model 

What is a Community Land Trust 

A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a community-led mechanism for holding land in perpetuity for use by communities. Community Land Trust's developed from ideas of common ownership and the stewardship of land or natural resources for future wider community benefit. 

While CLT’s are a legal structure, the CLT model has been adapted by communities around the world according to the needs of the communities it serves. Through participatory decision-making, CLT 'Trustees', co-create agreements that are appropriate for their locality. 

There are many questions to consider when deciding what's appropriate, for instance, if an agreement reflects how the land is held for future beneficiaries - our children and their children's children - what does the CLT need to provide or to preserve for the future?

People's Land Trust  


The People's Land Trust art project is interested in the potential of adapting these ideas for Cork City.  

The project is a space for meeting, sharing and learning. It's a space for coming together to creatively and practically experiment. It's a space to imagine setting up one of the first urban Community Land Trust's in Ireland. 

Project Stages 

A short term goal - to come together to grow a community with shared knowledge and understanding of the CLT mechanism, with a view to considering together how it might be adapted locally for Cork City's north side.

The People's Land Trust School is a way to kick start and inform this process, to gather knowledge from different sources and to work through ideas in creative and practical workshops.


long term goal - to find a suitable plot of land within the boundaries of the northside of the city. This may be a gifted plot of land, community purchased, grant-aided or crowd funded. 

Reimagining models of urban community

land use (Short Course / Autumn 2020 / Spring 2021)

As an urban community how do we leave a legacy of care for the land that we live on?

How do we imagine and think about approaches for collective ownership, stewardship and future urban land use?  


The People’s Land Trust School is running a short course for residents living in Cork City Northside interested in learning creative and practical ways to reimagine urban land use.  


In the People’s Land Trust School all participants bring their own local knowledge and experience to share. The school is run in an active, creative and participatory way as a means to learn, listen and share ideas together. 

We will be exploring the history of land use in Ireland, land ownership models, Community Land Trust’s around the world, sustainability and ecology. Course activities will be an interactive fusion of talks, discussions, screenings, creative workshops and field trips.

Who can apply

​Residents living in Cork City Northside. 


How to apply 

If you are interested in participating in this short course email us for an 'Expression of Interest' form at:


This is a free course run over six weekly (2.5hr) sessions in Autumn 2020

and again in Spring 2021. Participant numbers are limited. 

On completion participants receive a Cert of Attendance 

Dates, time and venue to be confirmed. 

**All activities are carried out in line with the HSE Covid guidelines,

Future Land Commons 

Site-specific public artworks (9 billboards, digital prints 40"x30") 

Summerhill North, Watercourse Road, Sunday's Well Road, Cork City Northside

September 2020

Seeding a vision for one of the first urban Community Land Trust's in Ireland, a series of small billboards will be on display across various public locations in Cork City Northside for the month of September 2020.


These are provocations to spark conversation.

As a community, how do we imagine and think about models for collective ownership, 

stewardship and future urban land use?