Looking after

Bromyard Downs

Our aims & objectives

  • To promote, represent and safeguard the rights and interests of Commoners, residents and visitors. To support the agricultural management of the Downs.
  • To promote the conservation and enhancement of the natural beauty of the Downs making provision for the protection of important flora and fauna.
  • To co-operate with Herefordshire Council in maintaining a register of Commoners and residents of the Downs.
  • To promote social, educational and community activities for the benefit of the residents of, and visitors to, the Downs; endeavouring to maintain access to the Downs wherever practicable.

Who are we?

The Management Committee consists of a maximum of 16 Members.

12 Members of BDCA made up from Commoners, i.e. those holding registered rights of common on the Downs.

All persons over the age of 18 residing in a property which holds registered common rights.

All persons over the age of 18 who own or have tenancies (of at least 6 months’ unexpired term) of properties within or adjoining the Downs or access to which is across the Downs on an unadopted road or track.

 Bromyard & Winslow Town Council representative.

 Brockhampton Group Parish Council representative.

 The Herefordshire Councillor for Bringsty Ward (who will have no voting powers to avoid possible conflict of interest.

 Herefordshire Council, the land owner (who will have no voting powers to avoid a possible conflict of interest.

Our Work

Is Based around a funded Higher Level Countryside Stewardship Scheme running from 2019 to 2028.

This scheme builds on the framework of previous plans. The intention is to review the important features, set objectives and outline management recommendations for 10 years. The management recommendations will be based on the best available knowledge and will be situation-appropriate but flexible and able to be amended based on monitoring and new information.

The original ten-year management plan for the Bromyard Downs Common was developed in 2013 with the support of a Heritage Lottery Fund grant and through a very thorough consultative approach. The plan was put together by and for the Bromyard Downs Common Association in partnership with Herefordshire Nature Trust.

How we are funded

  • The wayleaves from utilities across the Downs
  • The rental from the Caravan Club
  • Any annual rentals for access or parking across or on the Downs
  • Any income from produce from the Downs : hay, grazing charges, etc
    Any income raised for the management of the Downs or from events for the benefit of the Downs organised by the Management Committee
  • Any income from Government grants or schemes in place – timescales vary.
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