High Fire Risk

Please be aware that the risk of fire on Cleeve Common is especially high, due to the prolonged bout of dry weather.  Barbecues and fires are strictly prohibited anywhere on the Common (and always have been).

Fires are a real risk to the grassland and rare plants, wo wildlife, sheep and cattle and, potentially, neithbouring houses.  We don't want to end up with more areas like that in the photo or, even worse, with the Common looking like Saddleworth Moor.  


Sheep on the Common


There are now sheep and lambs on all parts of Cleeve Common.  If you are walking a dog, it must be under control at all times and on a lead when near livestock.   Make sure you shut all gates behind you. 

Please note that Cleeve Common Trust does not own any of the sheep.  Their welfare is the responsibility of the local farmers who either have Commoners' grazing rights or are permitted to put sheep out.  Our Rangers do however monitor the sheep and report any problems to the owner.  If you come across anything untoward, please call our Ranger on 07756 828 458 and we will pass the message on.

Dogs and adders

Be aware that this is the time of year when the adders that live on the Common become more active, especially on sunny days.  These rare animals are legally protected. They are timid creatures and will not bite unless they feel threatened.

If your dog is unfortunate enough to be  bitten, get it to a vet immediately. Try to keep your dog calm and if possible carry your dog rather than letting it walk. This will help to slow the spread of venom.

Summer Events Programme

Events to look forward to this summer - for children and adults:

  • Woodland Bushcraft day(1 June), a family event in Wardens’ Wood.
  • For the grown-ups, there will be our annual Wildflower Foray (29 June). 
  • Summer Holiday Family Fun on 3, 17 and 31 August. 
  • Geology Trail for adults on 1 September
  • Family Halloween Event on 26 October
  • Family Christmas Trail on 20 December

For details of these events and how to book, see our What's On page or our Facebook events page.  

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


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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