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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.
We were delighted to take Laurence Robertson, our local MP, round the Common recently. As well as showing him our conservation management work and the cattle, we were able to brief him on funding issues and the precarious position we may be in regarding proposed changes to farming and conservation payments. We're most appreciative of his interest in this important local conservation and recreation resource.
We have been very lucky to have the help of the Cotswold Voluntary Wardens on the Common this week. A work party put in an enormous amount of effort to clear some hawthorn, which was encroaching onto species-rich grassland. In only one morning, the team cleared six trailer-loads of scrub!
25th August 2014
Cleeve Common Board of Conservators had a very enjoyable visit to Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Commons on 19th of August. The visit was hosted by The Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common (FOLK), who gave the Conservators a very interesting and informative tour of the Commons, discussing issues such as management of recreational pressure, archaeology and industrial archaeology, grazing and volunteering.
Warmest thanks to all at FOLK for organising and hosting such a worthwhile visit, and for arranging a rather lovely rainbow over the site!
There have recently been several reports of dogs chasing sheep and horses on the Common, and two incidents where dogs left walkers feeling threatened and in danger.
If you walk your dog on Cleeve Common, please read and adhere to our 'Canine Code'.
4th August 2014
Last week we underwent a routine inspection for Red Tractor Assurance for our Galloway beef.
We were pleased to pass with flying colours. We received no advisories; a testement to our high standards of welfare and traceability.
More beef will be available in the autumn - contact us if you would like to enquire about reserving a box.
Work has started to re-build forty metres of dilapidated drystone wall near the radio masts on Cleeve Common. With the support of the Cotswolds Sustainable Development Fund from the Cotswolds Conservation Board, which has provided a grant contribution towards the cost of re-building the wall, the section of wall is being re-built to enable the continuation of a project which aims to save some of the UK’s rarest mosses from extinction.
Until the arrival of cars and tarmac, the practice of capping walls with limestone silt and animal dung is thought to have been part of everyday road maintenance, serving to remove the build-up of dung and mud from drove roads. These ‘mud-capped walls’ were recorded by naturalists in the Cotswolds up until the early 20th century, and this habitat hosted a unique assemblage of mosses.
7th July 2014
There are now hundreds of ewes with lambs on the Common. If you are walking with a dog, please keep it under tight control at all times and on a lead when passing sheep. Every year, a number of sheep are killed in dog attacks, an upsetting occurrence for the farmer, the Rangers and, not least, the owner of the dog. Thank you.
12 May 2014
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 on the Common
Updated 19 September
There are still sheep on the Common
We will update this message when sheep are removed from the Common in a few weeks' time.
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