Board of Conservators01242 251544
Duty Ranger07756 828458
Registered charity no. 900131
Cleeve Common is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and part of the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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.
Due to the recent heavy rain, we were forced to close Quarry car park for a few days while our Rangers fixed the problem. Regrettably, during this time several members of the public made unpleasant complaints to the Cleeve Common staff.
We would like to make all visitors to Cleeve aware, that we are not legally obliged to provide any parking on the Common. Moreover, we receive NO funding to provide or staff parking. On busy days, the car park quickly fills up and staff time is then required to control traffic to stop people parking on the SSSI (all areas outside the car park), which would be a legal offence.
Please ensure you respect our signs and our staff, and only ever park within the Quarry car park.
If you would like to support our work in keeping the car park accessible to all, please make a donation.
Photo: Ranger Mike probes the 'lake' to try to locate the drain.
27 January 2014
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.
Our herd of 33 Galloway cattle is currently in a large paddock between the Wontley gate and Padcombe Bottom at the back of the Common. They will soon be moving to a new enclosure at the southern end of Dry Bottom. This winter grazing is key to successful management of the Common's flower-rich limestone grassland. Click the link below to find out why!
21 December 2013
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
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:
Charts and all the numbers can be found in the summary document - click on the link below.
22 August 2013
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).
No sheep on the Common
Updated 21 December
Cattle are grazing in winter paddock Wontley gate to Padcombe Bottom. Beware of electic fence!
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