Funding and capacity building

Funding is fundamental to achieving your ambitions for your site.

We can:

  • Work with groups to solidify and plan projects using proven facilitation techniques
  • Identify funding schemes suitable to your project, prepare and submit grant applications – from small-scale local funds to European funding. We have an excellent success rate with grant applications for common land and habitat projects.
  • Work with you to help reduce future reliance on grants to maintain your site.
  • Provide support to organisations running grant funded projects, including grant claims and monitoring, reporting, survey and analysis to inform reports to funders.

Building capacity

We can:

  • Facilitate consultations and meetings using a range of techniques
  • Provide expert evidence for public inquiries relating to grazing on common land
  • Make applications under the Entire Animals Act (1971) for the regulation of entire animals on common land
  • Provide third party mediation in relation to road traffic accidents involving livestock on common land
  • Provide recommendations and habitat /public impact assessments of the reintroduction of grazing animals on commons
  • Advise on and produce management plans
  • Advise on schemes of management for common land
  • Liaise with local and national common land stakeholder groups
  • Prepare Health and Safety Plans and Risk Assessments for countryside enterprises
  • Prepare fire and burning plans under the provisions of the Heather and Grass Burning code.

Permissions and consents

We can:

  • Apply for commonland consents for the erection of structures on a common
  • Apply for consents for the delivery of habitat and biodiversity works on a common
  • Undertake public consultation in relation to consents
  • Establish and work with advisory committees for common land where there are multiple interest
  • Mediate and act as an independent third party where there are conflicting common land issues


We provide training in the following areas:

  • Introduction to common land
  • Grazing and rights
  • Understanding and managing commons
  • Fire planning, management and control
  • Common land biodiversity and grazing management
  • Surveying and monitoring