Creating the Cradle of the Cotswolds

Greystones Farm nature reserve is a unique site, with a long history of human settlement that has produced a wealth of nationally important heritage features. These include a working organic farm, Scheduled Ancient Monument comprising a major Neolithic causewayed enclosure and iron age multivallate hill fort, a SSSI hay meadow, a river rich in wildlife and a restoration meadow, all set within a sweeping Cotswold landscape.

where people can learn about the rich wildlife and history of the Cotswolds

This presents a unique opportunity to tell the story of 6,000 years of continuous human occupation and farming. We will reconnect the community with this impressive site, interpret its history and demonstrate the impacts of human activity on the natural world.

Whist Greystones is already an enjoyable place to visit, many of the traditional farm buildings are derelict and there is scant information about the important heritage around the Farm. Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust has always aspired to restore the farm and transform it into a location where people can learn about the rich wildlife and history of the Cotswolds.

This is particularly important as the closure of Local Authority outdoor education centres means there are few opportunities to learn outdoors, which is reflected in the continuing decline in children’s connection with nature and levels of outdoor play.

The Cradles of the Cotswolds project will offer a huge range of exciting activities for people to learn about the heritage of the Cotswolds and get involved in restoring and maintaining it. It will cater for all ages and abilities and will be accessible for people with mobility issues.

The principal funder of the Cradle of the Cotswold project is the Heritage Lottery Fund. We are also very grateful to Grundon for funding the renovation of the Barn.

Our thanks also go to the following funders and supporters:

Gloucestershire Environmental Trust
Summerfield Charitable Trust
University of Durham
Gloucestershire County Council Active Together Fund
St James's Place Charitable Foundation
Blatchington Court Trust
Miss Edith Mary Sage Deceased Charitable Trust
Rowlands Trust
Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society
Gordon Gray Trust
MV Hillhouse Trust
The Verdon-Smith Family Charitable Trust
Rotary Club of North Cotswold
Midcounties Co-operative – Bourton-on-the-Water