Following the purchase of the former RAF Greenham Common Airbase in 1997, 750-acres were immediately transferred to the control of the local council to be restored as common land, with £770,000 in financial support from the Trust. Greenham Common was reopened with unrestricted public access in 2000, providing a natural resource of national importance - a rare lowland heathland.
The Trust has more recently awarded the Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trust (BBOWT), who, in January 2014, were given management of the Common, a further grant of £10,000 towards their Linking the Landscape Project, which aims to safeguard wildlife habitats by linking them together and also to link people to their local wildlife and landscapes.
For more information about the current management of Greenham Common visit www.bbowt.org.uk/what-we-do/living-landscapes/west-berkshire-living-landscape
Greenham and Crookham Commons Commission also works in partnership with the council and BBOWT to restore and conserve the flora and fauna and ecological, archeological geological and physiological features the commons. They are also responsible for:
- promoting and improving grazing on the Common
- promoting educational activities and encouraging public awareness of the ecological, cultural and historic significance of the Common
- Managing the Common for recreational purposes
- facilitating the exercise of commoners' rights on the Common
Visit www.greenhamccc.org.uk for more information about the Commission.
The Trust has also contributed £250,000 to help Greenham Parish Council to renovate Greenham Common Control Tower into a visitors centre