Shipton Gorge Ltd came into existence in 2006 with the aims of preserving the historical, architectural and constructional heritage that may exist in and around the parish of Shipton Gorge and to protect and conserve the environment in and around the parish of Shipton Gorge for every ones benefit.
In other words it was set up to manage and protect assets within the parish of Shipton Gorge so that they remain under the common ownership of residents and are managed for the benefit of the residents and according to their wishes.
In 2007 it became a registered charity (No 1121571) and subsequently its name was changed to Shipton Gorge Heritage to better reflect its purpose.
There are now over 60 members of the charity and its current trustees are:
Hilary Cunningham (Chairperson)
Mary Boughton (Secretary)
In 2006 there was a move to purchase land below the church and to reinstate it as an orchard, which historically it had once been. This was achieved through fund raising, donations and loans and now we are fortunate to have an Orchard which is getting more mature and productive. Old varieties of apple trees including cider apple trees have been planted, and villagers can now savour the different apples and medlars as they ripen.
Apart from the Orchard, Shipton Gorge Heritage has a 999 year lease for the Saunders Richardson Wood. The Wood was bequeathed to the Woodland Trust some 30 years ago by Nicky Saunders who lived at Lower Lynch with the stipulation that it be kept as a wildlife haven, with a covenant limiting access. In 2010 the Woodland Trust changed its focus and decided to lease small woods such as the Saunders Richardson Wood to suitable local organisations and after much protracted negotiation Shipton Gorge Heritage signed the lease in December 2012. Access to the Wood is limited to members of Shipton Gorge Heritage for specific purposes. Our management of this previously very neglected 2.72 acre (1.1 hectacre) wood has already made progress with a 5 year Managment Plan being adopted, resulting in some necessary tree felling and coppicing having recently taken place. In 2016 bird, bat and dormice boxes were put up in the wood, having been sponsored by residents whose names are engraved on their boxes. The on-going management and stewardship of the wood is an exciting project which will keep us busy for many years to come.
We would be delighted if you join this village organisation and you will be pleased to know there is no membership fee, but donations are most welcome. By joining you will be able to get involved in any way that you may wish in our two different projects be it by actively assisting in the Wood and/or Orchard by, for example, becoming a steward or taking part in any maintenance. We would also welcome suggestions and assistance for fund raising activities. Above all membership alone will give support to our village charity.
Further details of our charity and its projects and details of our trustee meetings, which are open to the public, are on our website.
Alternatively For further information please contact Hilary Cunningham, Chair, on 897928 or Mary Boughton, Secretary on 897958 or visit our website: