Cranham Common

Cranham Common, and the woodlands which surround it, make Cranham a truly special village.

The grasslands and most of the woodlands form part of the Cotswolds Commons and Beechwoods National Nature Reserve. The land making up the Common is owned by national and local organisations and private individuals.

Cranham Common is managed by Cranham Common Management Committee (CCMC), a committee of the whole parish with members representing Commoners, landowners, graziers and other stakeholders in the Common. Members of the CCMC are elected at the Annual Parish Meeting held in May each year.

In 2008 local people joined together to form the Cranham Common Trust (CCT) and raised £120,000 to buy a large part of the grassland forming Cranham Common. CCT owns 24 hectares (60 acres) of the Common of which 20 hectares form a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). CCT owns about 80% of the grassland of Cranham Common. The land owned by CCT is leased to Natural England  who manage it on their behalf in conjunction with the CCMC.