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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Beef from Cleeve Common to celebrate Great British Beef Week

It's Great British Beef Week and you have the chance to order a pack of beef from Cleeve Common's very own herd of pasture-fed Galloway cattle.  These cattle are renowned for the quality of beef they produce.  Three sizes of packs are available - see attached flyer for details and how to order. 

Orbers must be placed by the end of April!

Bluebells in bloom

Most of Cleeve Common is unsuitable for bluebells, but there are numerous patches in full bloom right now in the SW corner of the Common, past Nutterswood going down towards the gate to Bentley Lane.

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

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 22 April

Sheep are expected on the Common next week.

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


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