When will the sheep go?

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This is our no. 1 enquiry at this time of year. The short answer is that we never know an exact date.

Cleeve Common Trust does not own any of the sheep. Local farmers with grazing rights are entitled to keep sheep on the Common right up until 30 November but in practice the last sheep usually go in early November.  We will provide regular updates via the ‘sheep status’ on this website and our Facebook page.

By the way, the cattle are currently away on their autumn holiday to the adjacent Butterfly Reserve. They will return to the first of their winter enclosures on the Common next month.

Professional dog walking

If you use a professional dog walker and know they walk your dog on Cleeve Common, please check that they have a commercial dog walking licence.

Licence holders have signed up to our Canine Codes, ensuring they are looking after dogs to a high welfare standard and are also exercising them here responsibly. Both aspects are vitally important to ensure that everyone can enjoy this beautiful conservation area together.

If you are a professional dog walker, please click here for details of the Cleeve Common licence.

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We've changed our name

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In 2017 we changed our working name to Cleeve Common Trust, to highlight the charitable nature of our work for the benefit of the environment and the local community.  

The old 'Cleeve Common Board of Conservators' was always a bit of a mouthful and  sometimes left people thinking we were a political group!  We hope our shorter, snappier title makes it clearer what we're about.

Our contact details are unchanged.

Memorial Programme

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).

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