About Us

FOLK Banner GreenThe Friends of Leckhampton Hill and Charlton Kings Common, known as ‘FOLK’, was formed in 2000 and aims to represent all the users and lovers of Leckhampton Hill, Daisy Bank Fields and Charlton Kings Common, whether their interest is ecological, historical or recreational.

FOLK’s Objectives

  1. To promote the conservation and management of the ecology, geology and archaeology of the land.
  2. To promote the land’s status as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and compliance with the relevant National and European legislation.
  3. To support the widest possible recreational use of the land, consistent with the objectives above.
  4. To promote public awareness and education in the objectives above.
  5. To liaise and consult with the owner of the land (Cheltenham Borough Council) and the owners of adjacent land over matters of mutual interest.

What does FOLK do?

  1. Works closely with, and provides advice to, Cheltenham Borough Council to help manage the site and plan for the future.
  2. Holds regular work parties to improve the natural environment of the Hill and Common.
  3. Provides a forum for users of the Hill and Common and seeks to represent their views.
  4. Promotes the site to local residents and helps with educational visits.
  5. Carries out surveys of plants and animals.

What has FOLK achieved?

  1. Site management is now planned and on a secure base.
  2. The limestone grassland is improving.
  3. Orchids and other plants and animals are being protected.
  4. Scrub, Ragwort and litter are cleared regularly.
  5. Public Rights of Way are kept open and steps kept in repair.
  6. A photographic record is kept.

Would you like to join FOLK?

Do you enjoy using the Hill and Common?  Do you support the Objectives of FOLK (see above)?  Would you like the site to continue to be preserved and conserved?  Then why not join FOLK – it only costs a few pounds a year.  To read more about joining, go to our Join Us page.

Would you like to contact us?

Have you seen something on the Hill and Common that you would like to tell us about, be it a wildlife sighting, unsightly litter or whatever?  Do you have any comments on what FOLK, or others, are doing on the site or have any suggestions?  Then please contact us via our Contact page.

FOLK History

If you would like to know more about how FOLK was established in 2000, have a look at this short document: The Establishment of FOLK

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