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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News update

All Clear!

We are delighted that all of our Galloway cattle have passed their first TB re-test, after we sadly had a reactor in the herd at our annual test back in October. We are not officially TB-free yet; we will have to test the boys again in 60 days, and then again in 6 months before we can move back to our annual testing schedule. But this is an excellent step forward and very welcome news.


18th November 2014

No sheep on the Common

Dog walkers - the sheep have now all been removed from the Common. They will be back again in late April 2015. 

Please be aware that there are still livestock on the Common - our herd of Galloway cattle is penned at the top of Washpool Valley behind electric fencing. Please check the noticeboards at the main entrances to the Common for a location map of the paddock.

Please remember to keep your dog under close control on the Common, and on a lead at all times around livestock and horses. Dog attacks are a serious welfare issue for livestock, a serious safety issue for horse riders and a drain on our staff resources for call-outs. Check out our canine code for more tips on how to enjoy the Common responsibly.

Thank you for being responsible owners and helping us to preserve the Common for all to enjoy - happy walking!

3rd November 2014

Galloway Beef for Sale!

We are delighted to announce that we have more Galloway beef available for sale this autumn.

Our cattle are free-range, pasture-fed and reared to the highest of welfare standards.

The beef received excellent reviews last time and stocks are limited - pre-order now to avoid disappointment!

24th October 2014

Quarry Car Park Closing Time

Please be aware that from 25th October onwards, the car park gates will be locked daily at 5 pm. The closing time will remain at 5 pm all through the winter, until the clocks go forward again next spring. Quarry car park (at the golf club entrance) is the only of our car parks which is on the Common itself - if you wish to visit the Common by car after 5 pm, please use one of the alternative parking places.

Please help us to keep our staff costs down by making sure that you vacate the car park before 5 pm.

Thank you.

22nd October 2014

Cleeve Common Visitors' Guide

Breaking News! The Gloucestershire branch of Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) have kindly just donated £500 towards the design and production costs of our NEW VISITOR LEAFLET!

6th October 2014

GE-tting the job done!

Volunteers from GE Aviation in Bishop's Cleeve were out in force this week, clearing hawthorn scrub from Postlip Valley.  Using only hand tools and a lot of energy and enthusiasm, the team worked through a substantial area of hawthorn. Hawthorn and other scrub is important, particularly for birds and insects, so whilst some cover of scrub must be retained, if left un-checked it can become dominant in the species-rich grassland of the Common and eventually it would out-compete the wild flowers within the sward.  It is hence important to maintain the balance between scrub and grassland on the Common, and the Board of Conservators would like to say a very big thank you to GE Aviation for their help with this ongoing task!

October 2014

Visit of Laurence Robertson MP

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.

September 2014

Sheep and lambs on the Common

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

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 3rd Nov 2014

All sheep have now been removed.
Thank you for your patience.

Please note that there are cattle on the Common.
Our herd of Galloway cattle are penned behind electric fencing at the top of the Washpool Valley. Please check the noticeboards at the main entrances to the Common for a map of the paddock location.


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