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Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council

Village Green

The Village Green is owned by the Parish Council and is one of the village’s main assets.  We are therefore responsible for the maintenance of the grass and all trees on the Green, and engage outside contractors to cut the grass fortnightly between April to October, to re-turf any damaged areas of the Green as necessary and to carry out maintenance works on the trees.

Village Green Bookings

The Village Green is available for hire by local organisations wishing to use the Green for funding raising or other purposes but excluding commercial activities.  Applications from organisations based outside the village may be considered on an individual basis and subject to specific agreement by the Parish Council.   All applications to use the Green must be submitted to the Parish Council after 1st September for the following year, using the application form attached below.  Applicants may view a copy of the current Rules by clicking on the relevant link below.  These Rules are revised annually and all applicants are therefore asked to refer to the latest Rules before submitting their applications.

We would remind local organisations that the first consideration of applications will be made at the Council meeting on 1st February each year.  Applications are considered on a first come, first served basis, and organisations are encouraged to submit their application as soon as possible after the 1st September start date.

Local groups who have still not yet applied to use the Green are invited to check availability on the schedule below and submit an application, as these will now be considered as they are received.

Use the attachments below to download a copy of the application form for the use of the village green and to view a copy of the rules regarding the use and hire of the village green in 2017, which were recently amended to allow the use of 3 gazebos per application based on feedback from hirers.


In 1966 the Parish Council established the existing set of bye-laws which set out various local laws that help to administer several parcels of land in the ownership of the Parish Council, of which the Village Green is one. Please see the link below for a copy of these laws. 

As you will see the existing bye-laws were established approximately 45 years ago and are now somewhat out of date. We've been advised by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) that these bye-laws should be revoked and new bye-laws established which reflect modern life. The previous bye-laws must be revoked by the Secretary of State before the new bye-laws can be adopted, and we are currently awaiting this authorisation. However, this is proving to be a very lengthy process.  

We've been advised by DCLG that new legislation will be introduced which will enable the Council to revoke and establish new bye-laws without reference to the Secretary of State.  This would considerably speed up the process so we look forward to learning that this legislation is in place.

Once the new bye-laws are effective they will be available on this site and will also be displayed on the Council's notice board at the Chestnuts.

Click this link to download a copy of the full bye-laws.