Clear up on Leckhampton Hill

Published on 2nd November 2012

view of Cheltenham town from Leckhampton Hill

A two week project is to get underway on 6 November to clear and tidy up an area of Leckhampton Hill.

Cheltenham Borough Council’s community rangers will be joined by volunteers from the Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common (FOLK) and the Gloucestershire Probation Trust community payback team to remove scrub (gorse and bramble).

Work is being done to clear the area so grass can re-establish in the newly cleared areas and the cattle can graze. Grazing is the traditional way to restore species rich grassland mainly because the animals can get to places that mowers cannot.

Wayne Sedgwick, senior community ranger at the council, said: “We’re delighted to have over 20 volunteers on board. The much needed work to clear the hill will mean that rich and healthy grassland will grow, offering huge long-term benefits to the surrounding environment.’’

Mike Donnelly of FOLK, added: “This project is part of the long term Grassland Management Plan of the hill and will not only encourage grasses to re-establish but also the wild flowers.”

Lisa Walker, from the Gloucestershire Probation Trust Community Payback Team, continues: “Community Payback teams have a long standing working relationship with Leckhampton Hill. Community Payback gives offenders the opportunity to make reparation to local communities and through their work we aim to inspire a greater respect for communities and communal areas which are safe and attractive for all to enjoy.”

For press enquiries contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer for Cheltenham Borough Council, telephone 01242 264154, email