60 Minute Moderate Difficulty Walk

This walk has excellent views, and includes woodland and chalk grassland areas. This is suitable for those who like some steep hills, and rougher terrain. This 4.6km route will take around an hour, depending on pace, and how much time you spend soaking up the scenery.


Fancy a Walk?

Get started with this 3k walk on relatively flat ground. This route talks roughly 30 minutes and is suitable for those who would love to experience Therfield Heath but are short on time, and aren’t after the hills.


Conservators Stakeholder Meeting and Countryside Stewardship Consultation

Thursday 21 September at 7:30pm at Royston Town Hall (Lower Hall).

This is a chance for stakeholder organisations who use the Heath, and the general public to comment on the Conservators activities and plans. If we are going to undertake a Countryside Stewardship Scheme to get payments from the Rural Payment Agency towards our Habitat Management Plan then this meeting will include a Consultation on the offer as required for schemes on Common Land.

Therfield Heath and Greens are areas of Common Land in the Parish of Therfield, Hertfordshire, including the Heath which adjoins the town of Royston. Therfield Heath and Greens are managed by the Conservators as specified by an Act of Parliament. For more info about the Habitat Management Plan go to the Conservation and Works page where you can download the full pdf.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, if you have any questions in the meantime please contact clerk@therfieldheath.org.uk.


Habitat Management Plan Agreed

A management plan has been agreed between Natural England and the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens to restore and maintain the Site of Special Scientific Interest on Therfield Heath. A huge thanks to previous Head of Conservation, Cheryll Wilson, for writing and negotiating this plan. You can read the full Habitat Management Plan on the “Conservation and Works on the Heath and Greens” page.


Vacancy – Site Manager


Therfield Heath and Greens is an area of Common Land near Royston, Hertfordshire, and most of it is a Local Nature Reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It is owned by the Therfield Regulation Trust, which is a registered charity. It is managed by the Conservators of Therfield Heath and Greens.

We seek to appoint a Site Manager, who will take responsibility to lead the day-to-day operations, administration and accounting, and advise on matters of governance and procedure. You will need to have experience of managing people (staff and volunteers), ensuring that we achieve our objectives for income generation, biodiversity, community engagement, inclusion & so much more besides.

Hours: approx. 24 hours per week, flexible

Location: Working from home with visits to Therfield Heath and Greens and meeting rooms and venues used for Conservator and other meetings

Salary: £22,000 per year (gross)

Expenses: Internet and phone allowance: £26 per month plus other office items

Equipment: Computer, monitor, phone, webcam and headset will be provided

Description of Responsibilities

  • Lead the vision & direction for the site working with Conservators, staff and volunteers
  • Act as first point of contact from the public and other parties face to face, via email, telephone and mail within working hours including handling requests for information
  • Recruit, manage, develop staff and volunteers & drive performance of the whole team.
  • Work with the Conservation Manager to effectively deliver agreed objectives, and to plan, organise & co-ordinate diverse activities to maximise visitor experience & income potential.
  • Attend monthly internal meetings and quarterly external meetings of the Conservators, prepare agendas, take minutes, perform follow up activities and monitor actions working with the Chair (acting as Company Secretary)
  • Working with Conservators and our legal advisors lead on all legal matters and permissions including Natural England consents, Commons consents etc. [Advice and assistance will be provided to assist you understand the consent process.]
  • Lead the key partner relationships at a strategic level & support your team to create and sustain constructive local partnerships.
  • Work to proactively engage with the local community.
  • Develop and manage the site’s budget plan to deliver objectives working with Conservators.
  • Maintain accurate financial records including revenue and expenses and the preparation of monthly/yearly accounts and forecasts.
  • Be responsible for ensuring the safe management of all site operations.
  • Working with the Conservation Manager to offer support as needed to assist manage contractors and manage event and permit applications. 
  • Work actively with Conservators & partners to secure external grant income for a range of projects, programmes on the Heath & Greens the wider landscape.
  • Project manage large/medium projects to ensure all our strategic targets are achieved & objectives met.
  • Manage all information maintaining paper and electronic files and records so they remain up to date and easily accessible. Implement and comply with Document retention Policy and ensure online information is regularly and effectively backed up.
  • Working with the Conservation Manager manage and update the website (WordPress) and social media.
  • Working with the Chair and Conservators offer support as needed to assist external accountants and Conservators in preparation of annual accounts
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills
  • Proven ability to work independently, establish priorities, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to think critically, suggest changes and continuous improvement to processes to enhance organisational effectiveness
  • Ability to interact confidently and effectively with colleagues, and external contacts (e.g. accountant, contracted Legal teams) as well as the public
  • Excellent communication skills, comfortable working with a wide variety of audiences and stakeholders
  • Good working knowledge of common software programs including Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, Excel and Word and ideally maintenance of webpages using WordPress
  • Basic finance and bookkeeping knowledge
  • Familiarity or experience working in a not-for-profit environment


  • Understanding of Common Land Law & Heath and Greens History
  • Interest in conservation and ecology

Applicants should send a CV and covering letter, together with details of 2 professional referees by email to clerk(at)therfieldheath.org.uk

Closing Date: Sunday 30th July at 5pm.

Interviews will be held week commencing 7th August at a mutually convenient location.


Open Meeting 24th February 2022 7:30pm

We are pleased to announce that by 5pm Friday 11 February there were two nominations made for the two available Conservator roles.   Therefore a formal vote – as previously advertised – is not needed as we have only one person standing for each role. 

The Conservators therefore  invite everyone to come to Royston Town Hall on Thursday 24th February 2022   for an open meeting which will commence at 7:30pm.

The open meeting  at 7:30pm will cover

  • the conservation work that has taken place during 2021 ;
  • our plans for 2022
  • a sharing of the 2021 accounts.

Before the open meeting starts at 7:30pm  Mr Clive Hall will be formally re-elected for a 3 year term as Conservator for the SDDR and Mr Robert Law will be formally re-elected for a 3 year term as Conservator for the stint holders.

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday 24th February 2022 7:30pm for this open meeting.


Burning of green waste 8/9 January 2022

There is a historic ‘green waste’ pile on the heath containing brash (clippings from hedges, shrubs, or other plants). Traditionally these clipping have been burnt on metal sheets and the ash removed from site in accordance with the guidance given to Conservators. In 2020/21 Covid-19 lockdowns and other measures meant that work was delayed or deferred. However a decision has now been taken that, weather permitting, the Conservators intend to undertake this step on 8/9 January 2022. Anyone near the burn site should be aware and stay safe following any guidance given by those on site. If there are any questions or concerns do please inform us ; email clerk@therfieldheath.org.uk or our Head of Conservation on conservation@therfieldheath.org.uk.


Set up for works needed for location of water infrastructure opposite Downlands Baldock Road SG8 5BY (permitted works)

Today, and for the coming few days, you may see some works occurring on the Heath (opposite Downlands). These are permitted works occurring in order that AWL can locate and/or check part of their water infrastructure. Permission for the digging (there will be a small hole) and associated safety signs and fencing has been given by the Conservators.

If you have any concerns or questions then you may contact us via the clerk “Clerk@therfieldheath.org.uk” or our Head of Conservation “Conservation@therfieldheath.org.uk”. The works should be concluded by the end of the week.