Board of Conservators
01242 251544

Duty Ranger
07756 828458

Registered charity no. 900131

Cleeve Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Our vision
In 100 years’ time, visitors to Cleeve Common will enjoy the same sense of space and tranquillity, with the diversity of plant and animal life, as they do today.


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Wild daffodils

A small patch of wild daffodils are in flower on the Common - it's lovely to see them!

Back to Purple!

Our heathland restoration project has taken another important step forward, with the seeding of 1,000 square metres of new heath on Cleeve Common.

'Back to Purple' is our exciting project to restore and link up the fragmented heath on Cleeve Common, which occurs over acidic Harford Sands outcrops. Heathland is a nationally important habitat and it is also a very unusual feature in the Cotswolds, the predominant geology of which is limestone. It is a legally protected habitat as part of Cleeve Common Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and the Board of Conservators is working with Natural England, through Higher Level Stewardship, to restore this beautiful habitat on the Common.

The area recently seeded, above Washpool Valley, was previously lost under vigorous gorse, which thrives on the acidic Harford Sands. With permission from Natural England we have trialled new techniques on the Common and we can't wait to see the results. 

Dog attacks on cattle

In a worrying development, there have been 2 recent dog attacks on the Galloway cattle grazing in enclosures on the Common.  Dog walkers are required by law to keep their dog on a lead when near livestock.  If you lose control of your dog, or see a dog worrying the cattle, DO NOT get in among the animals as you may be crushed or trampled.  Instead you should call the Duty Ranger on 07756 828 458.

17 March 2014

Calling all horse riders

Hacking Licences for 2014 are now available: please follow the link below for the Application Form.  Could we remind you that anyone riding a horse or pony on the Common must have a valid hacking licence.

Was there once an RAF 'fixer' station on Cleeve?

Martin Swift, from Great Barr, Birmingham, has tipped us off about the intriguing possibility that there used to be a World War II RAF direction-finding (DF) station on Cleeve Common close to today's radio masts.   The picture shows what it may have looked like.  If you have any recollection of such a structure, please get in touch!

To see the evidence for such a structure on the Common,  click the 'read more' link.

28 October 2013

Who visits Cleeve Common - and why?

So what is the profile of the 'average' visitor to Cleeve Common?

He/she lives locally, is a regular visitor and comes by car to walk (perhaps with a dog) and to enjoy the fine views and open spaces.

These observations are drawn from the Visitor Survey we carried out during the late May holiday weekend. Highlights from this survey include:

  • Over 1000 people visit the Common on a busy weekend day
  • Most come by car (62%) but a quarter come on foot and thre rest by bike, horse or bus
  • Two-thirds live locally, less than 5 miles away (i.e. Cheltenham, Bishops Cleeve, etc)
  • Nearly three quarters (73%) are regulars
  • Three quarters come to walk or run on the Common
  • Almost 4 out of 5 (79%) say what they enjoy most is the openness and views
  • A large number complimented the Board on doing a good job of managing the Common

Charts and all the numbers can be found in the summary document - click on the link below.

22 August 2013

Memorial Programme

The Memorial Programme allows local residents to make a donation in memory of a loved one to fund the conservation of Cleeve Common. Donations for this purpose will help to maintain and enhance the Common’s natural beauty as a lasting and fitting tribute to the family members and friends who enjoyed visiting the Common for this very reason. Those making a donation will be able to place a plaque on the Memorial Wall surrounding the Cotswold's highest tree (photo).

Sheep status

No sheep on the Common

Updated 26 March

Cattle are grazing in winter paddock on the plateau between Dry Bottom and Washpool Valley. Please be careful - electric fences are live.

Sheep will be put out on the Common in April.


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