We are a Charity, not a Local Authority body, and do not receive any funding through Council Tax. Our main sources of income are countryside stewardship grants, the licence fee paid for the golf course and personal donations. Grant money is under pressure and likely to reduce. In these constrained time, your donation will make a real difference.
Donations to help us continue conservation of Cleeve Common are always very welcome. Each gift, large or small, helps us to protect and enhance the Common for generations to come. For instance:
- £25 will buy 6 bales of hay, breakfast for the Galloway cattle
- £50 will pay for restoration of 1 metre of stone walling
- £100 will provide 15 metres of fencing to keep the stock safe
- £200 will pay for an ecology survey
- £400 will buy a GPS system to support wildlife survey work
You can make a donation online simply by clicking on the 'MyDonate' button on the home page. If you are a UK taxpayer, please then tick for Gift Aid, which increases the value of your donation by 25% at no extra cost to you.
Alternatively, you can donate by cheque made payable to ‘Cleeve Common Board of Conservators’. Please post it to our office: see the Contact page for the address.
The Memorial Programme allows local residents to make a donation in memory of a loved one that will support the conservation of Cleeve Common. Donations will help to maintain and enhance the Common’s natural beauty as a lasting and fitting tribute to the family member or friend. We ask for a minimum donation of £500 and those making a donation will be able to place a plaque for 25 years on the Memorial Wall surrounding the Cotswold's highest tree. They will be invited to an annual guided walk to see and hear about our ongoing conservation management of the Common. For more details and an application form, see:
Memorial Programme application form (Word download)
We regret that we cannot accept donations of memorial benches or trees as we do not have suitable sites to offer.
Legacies are one of the most important sources of income for charities in the UK, and leaving a legacy to charity may be the most important gift you make in your lifetime. Leaving a legacy to support the conservation of Cleeve Common is as easy as a visit to your solicitor to arrange to write, or amend, your will. You will need to include specific details such as the full name, address and Registered Charity number of the Board of Conservators. Please contact us for the information you need.
With regret, we cannot accommodate requests for memorial seats on Cleeve Common. As it is held in such affection locally, we receive frequent requests for benches. In order to keep the Common in the condition that we all know and love it for, we have had to consider the impact on the landscape and the conservation and archaeological value of the surrounding area. The requirements placed upon us to manage the Common as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), as part of the Cotswolds AONB, have also become more rigorous. Please consider the Memorial Programme described above as an alternative way to commemorate the life of a relative or friend who loved the Common.
Scattering of Ashes
We are often asked whether ashes of loved ones can be scattered on the Common. This is a good way to link a person who loved the area with Cleeve Common and also leaves a special place for that person to be remembered. If you plan to do this, please select a spot that offers a little privacy – not the obvious viewpoints and seat locations. Make sure the ashes are well and truly scattered to the four winds. Please do not dig a hole to bury the ashes or mark the site with stones, flowers or other objects.