Who Does What?
The Trustees (also known as Conservators) are representatives of local Parishes and Boroughs and the Landowner. They are responsible for the overall management and conservation of Cleeve Common. The Trust is a Registered Charity and Trustees are not paid for their work.
The Clerk to the Trustees is, in effect, the Trust's chief executive officer. He represents the Trust in dealing with all official matters relating to management of the Common, handles the finances and administration and is the main channel for liaison with both official bodies and members of the public.
The Conservation Officer monitors and records plant and wildlife, plans livestock and habitat management, seeks funding to support conservation work and provides information to official bodies, local interest groups and members of the public.
The Education & Access Officer provides formal and informal education to both young and old visitors to the Common through a programme of events, manages our social media activities and engages with a wide variety of users of the Common.
The Rangers are the people whom you are most likely to see on the Common. They look after the livestock, manage the grassland and scrub, carry out repairs and renovation, patrol the Common and assist visitors whether as individuals or taking part in an organized event. Sometimes it's tough going... (photo)
The Voluntary Wardens help the Rangers in day-to-day monitoring and maintenance of the Common. During the summer, volunteers participate in surveys of grasses, plants and reptiles under the direction of the Conservation Officers. If you’d like to help, just get in touch – we’ll be delighted to hear from you!
Local ecology and wildlife groups play an important part in habitat and wildlife monitoring too, for example in carrying out surveys of grassland, reptiles, invertebrates and birds.
Commoners are local landowners who have seasonal grazing rights. Only one of the registered Commoners is currently exercising this right. Instead, other local stockholders are invited to put sheep on the Common.