RESIDENTS are being urged to take part in a survey to help shape the future of Yate Common.

A consultation has been launched by South Gloucestershire Council, which manages the area, as it is looking to secure funding to protect and enhance the site. 

Currently, SGC is trying to develop 'a vision for the common's future amid unprecedented climate and nature challenges'.

The consultation - plus biodiversity surveys and other measures - will all feature as part of a vision report, which SGC anticipates will be completed by the end of the year.

Gazette Series: SGC's biodiversity and commons officer Caroline Gaze, chair of the Yate Common Friends Group DebsResidents are now being urged to share their views to the consultation, which closes on Friday, November 3, and can be found at

Mayor Cheryl Kirby said: "The common is such a wonderful haven within Yate providing space for nature to breathe, as well as a much used area for dog walkers, bird watchers, cyclists and walkers. 

"I really do encourage everyone to complete the consultation, it will really help shape the future of the common as well as protect it for future generations. 

"We are incredibly lucky to have this much loved area in our town."

SGC councillor Chris Willmore, who this week hosted a meeting about the issue, said: "It was great to see so many people who love the common at the event.

"We love our common but it's feeling a bit neglected - this is a chance for us all to have a say about what needs sorting out on the common, what we love about it and don't want touched, and how we hope it can be improved in the future.

Gazette Series: Yate Common"We have already had lots of great ideas from residents, and examples of how much people love the common and use it.

"If you use the common, please tell us about your experience and what you would like to see in the future."

A Friends of Yate Common spokesperson said: "If you have ideas and suggestions or even complaints, this is how you make those happen and get your voice heard.

"How many towns have skylarks nesting less than half a mile from their town centre?

"I'm sure this makes our town unique and is something to be proud of and protected.

"This amount of wildlife and nature is literally across the road from so many doorsteps.

"If you enjoy the common then this online survey is your chance to have your say on the future of it."

An SGC spokesperson said: "We are creating a plan for how to best to protect and enhance the Yate Common as part of our climate and nature emergency work.

"External funds would be used to preserve, maintain and enhance the area for wildlife and to make it a great place to visit.

"We are interested in hearing from everyone with an interest, whether you live locally and walk on the common every day, or if you have just visited once or twice.

"We want to understand your views to help guide our planning to encourage nature recovery across this well-loved space."