The Commons Conservators
The huge task of strategically managing the Commons lies with the Commons Conservators. There are twelve Conservators, drawn from three groups with longstanding interests and involvement in the Commons, representing Tunbridge Wells Borough Councillors, the Manor of Rusthall (the landowner) and Freehold Tenants of the Manor.
The Conservators’ role is similar to that of a Board of Trustees or a Parish Council and is a voluntary position. The Conservators have the power to undertake works on the Commons, and to establish and uphold the byelaws. They set strategy, including the long-term Management Plan for the Commons, and agree policies for using the Commons. They recruit a team of Officers (the Warden, Clerk and Treasurer), who are responsible for day-to-day management and financial stewardship.
The Conservators for 2020/21
Councillor James Scholes
Councillor Chris Woodward (Chairman until March 2022)
The Conservators welcome your questions, views and ideas, so please do get in touch.
What the Conservators love about the Commons
The Commons are part of growing up, climbing the rocks when young and then later in life enjoying walks and scenery.
– Cllr Barbara Cobbold
Wonderfully diverse habitat, and a very interesting history that is intimately linked to our Royal town. The more one explores the better it gets.
– Cllr Chris Woodward
It is truly a wonderful natural environment in which all sorts of flora, fauna and wildlife can flourish.
– Ian Marshall
The Commons give everybody doorstep access to tranquillity. An opportunity to reflect and recharge your physical and mental health.
– John Barber
A precious natural environment that we need to protect and enhance for present and future generations.
– Cllr Joy Podbury
The ability to experience the beauty, peace and tranquillity a walk on the Commons offers, whilst being located just minutes from the Town, what a unique and amazing asset.
– Paul Burnett