Do you want to help preserve Stone Common Plot – then read on …

Stone Ramblers build steps on the Plot
Stone Ramblers build steps on the Plot

Stone Common Plot is a unique area of pasture and woodland managed by a group of Trustees representing the Town of Stone and the surrounding Rural Parishes. It is managed to meet the strict requirements of the Natural England  higher level stewardship scheme. This is to help protect the  pasture which abounds with  historic features, a unique hay meadow, ancient hedgerows and extensive woodland, each of these hosting and supporting an extensive array of wildlife .

The Trustees continue to improve the Plot both for the grazing and for recreational access by the general public. The day to day running of the plot is the responsibility of the Plot Keeper Brett Lovatt who lives in the Plot House which is next to the barn and the educational classroom (regularly used for farm visits) at 122, Old Road.

Recent improvements include hedge laying round the hay meadow, extensive fence replacement by the Mount Estate, Trees planted in the Mount Road field to replace dead or dying specimens and most recently the building of steps by Stone Ramblers in conjunction with Staffs County Council rights of way team.

The Trustees meet several times a year at the Plot to discuss and plan management and maintenance, the current Clerk is due to retire and the Trustees are seeking a replacement for this voluntary post. Anyone interested please contact the Chairman – Dr. P.G.Hamilton   Beech House, 37 Station Road, Stone. ST15 8ER,  pghamilton@tiscali.co.uk