Therfield Heath is managed by the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens, who were set up by an Act of Parliament in 1896.

You can find information about their accounts and annual meetings by following the links below.


Annual meetings

Summary minutes from meetings


Elected by the stint holders

Colin Smith:

“I became a Trustee to Manage & Protect this 420 acres of Natural Chalk Common land with SSSI & sporting facilities and was elected as a Conservators by the Stint holders in in February 2021.
I am passionate about getting the balance right of the recreational users verses protecting the Flora and Fauna.
As a Golfer I respect the natural layout of the Heath. As a resident in Royston since 1964 I fell in love the first time I saw it from the back of my father’s car as we moved here from SW London and played Hockey from 1969 on the grass pitches.  As Royston expands it is important we ALL respect this beautiful piece of nature Reserve.”

Ben Harrop:  

“I moved to this area with my family in 2014 and the Heath was a significant factor in us choosing Royston as a place to live.   The Heath is somewhere that my kids play rugby, tennis, hide & seek and fly kites;  it’s somewhere that we go for a walk, meet our friends for a beer and the occasional game of rounders. There isn’t a day of the week when at least one of us is not on the Heath having fun.  It’s also the first thing I see when I open the curtains in a morning, which is why I want to play my part in protecting it.   I have a career in the building industry and work for a large construction and regeneration plc.   I have experience of working in partnership with both central and local government and other public sector bodies to deliver their property regeneration schemes. I hope by volunteering to become a Conservator I can bring some of the skills and experience I’ve developed both personally and professionally for the benefit of Therfield Regulation Trust and as such everyone who uses the Heath and Greens”

Robert Law: 




Elected by the electors of The Special Drainage District of Royston

Clare Swarbrick (Chair):

Having lived in Royston for 16 years, the Heath is one of the reasons I love living here, along with its people. As a working parent, my family and I all use the heath both for sports and general recreational purposes.

I am currently a CEO of a charity with 20 years of experience working in the charity sector and know that finding sustainable funding sources is hard, especially if you don’t have a vision of what the future should look like.  Being at the heart of finding ways of encouraging activities on and involvement with the Heath, excites me. Whether that’s through playing sport, preserving and ensuring its ecology and wildlife, or making sure the Heath is accessible to the whole community, including the four-legged ones.

It is essential for the future of this precious space that we work with the community to develop a long-term sustainable strategy so that generations of people from Therfield.”

Clive Hall: 




[  Covid -19 prevented the SDDR election occurring in February 2021 and the vacancy here will be filled as soon as the election can safely  be held  ]

The Conservators are jointly Lords of the Manor of Therfield. They can appoint a Conservator to serve and have appointed John King.

John King:   




Cheryll Wilson :  Head of Conservation 

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Cheryll Wilson has been lecturing for the past 10 years in Ecology, Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.  She will be  utilising  her transferable skills in supporting the Conservators in the management of Therfield Heath and Greens. Having completed a Certificate in Environmental Management (PIEMA) during the pandemic and MSc in Wildlife Biodiversity and Ecosystem Health, Cheryll will bring her extensive knowledge and enthusiasm for the British countryside to the role.    

My vision for the future of the site is to ensure the protection of the habitat and its important scientific value;  give the community using the site the best possible experience and improve the educational opportunities available for the younger generation.” 

Please note that the Head of Conservation only works part-time.

Carol Fossick – Clerk to the Conservators 


To contact the clerk or for further information email :

Please note the clerk only works part-time