The parish of Siston in South Gloucestershire is notable for large areas of common that extend across the parish, now impacted and fragmented by modern urban pressures. These ancient historic open areas of species rich grassland, scrub and woodland are at constant threat from encroachment, urbanisation, development, public pressure and other unsuitable uses.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) Community Spaces Department instructed The Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group South West (FWAG SW) to carry out a report on the Siston Commons to make recommendations for future management of this important public open space. FWAG SW were also instructed to carry out a number of walks with the Parish Council and local people who live around the Siston commons in the Parish of Siston in order to gain an in depth understanding of the current and perceived issues on the common land and aspirations for future management and use of the commons. This work was carried out during the Summer of 2015.
The resulting report was a sizeable piece of work and is available for interested parties to download as a whole or in four sections below as PDF documents: