CWP Trust & Trustees



Formed in 1996 as the Cotswold Water Park Society, and now known as the CWP Trust, we have been a fully registered charity since April 2011.

The CWP Trust is governed by a Board of seven Trustees who oversee the work of a small team of staff based near Down Ampney in the Cotswold Water Park.

The CWP Trust works with a huge variety of people to care for this dynamic and challenging area.

We fundraise… for a wide range of projects including: more and better public paths, improved parking facilities, the creation of nature reserves and campaigns to protect endangered species like the Water Vole, Otter, Bats and Black Poplar.

We manage…hundreds of acres of land, from Neigh Bridge Country Park near Somerford Keynes to Riverside Park in Lechlade for the benefit of local people, visitors and wildlife.

We promote…better understanding through our schools education programme and exciting public events, such as our sell out fossil hunts, talks, walks and workshops.

We work…to help people understand why the Cotswold Water Park is so unique – we all want to ensure it’s used and cared for in ways which will maintain it for future generations.

CWP Trustees

It is with great sadness that the Board of the Cotswold Water Park Trust must announce that Sir David John, Executive Chairman, passed away in London on 27th October. While the Trust will greatly feel the loss of his passing, our deepest sympathies are with his wife, Gillian and his family.

Sir David was determined in his support and leadership of the Trust and fully committed to the achievement of the area’s potential and the key role of the Trust and its staff in bringing that to fruition. The Board of Trustees will continue to work towards his vision and to value the support of members, volunteers, operators, local authorities and other stakeholders in realising the current plans.

Paul Hazel
Vice Chairman

7 Staff

100 Volunteers

500+ Members


Gordon McGlone

Robin Rogers

Mike Low

Gill Raikes

Martin Kingston

Pippa Langford


The objects of the Charity (“the Objects”) are to provide for the benefit of the public, and in particular for the inhabitants of Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, facilities in the interests of social welfare for education, conservation, recreation and leisure time occupation at the Cotswold Water Park (“the Park”) and in particular to:-

(a) try to achieve a balance between development, recreation, nature conservation and local community interests concurrently

(b) assist in achieving policies and practices to sustain the current nature conservation value of the Park

(c) assist in achieving the provision of appropriate public access for all to sites and facilities in the Park for recreation purposes

(d) assist in creating a cohesive image for the Park and provide an educational resource for the public generally

(e) promote the Park and its facilities as a resource for public enjoyment of appropriate countryside recreation, amenity and wildlife

(f) conserve and improve the landscape by the integration of restored mineral workings into a new landscape structure and general enhancement of the Park

(g) make representations to Local Authorities and other persons on land management and use in the Park

(h) encourage, promote and implement the creation, conservation and management of wildlife habitat, particularly in those parts of the Park which have been identified as being of special importance

(i) assist the local communities to prepare and carry out works relating to the improvement and management of the settlement protection zones and such other areas as may be appropriate

(j) pursue quality sustainable improvements in environmental regeneration in partnership with business, public authorities and communities

(k) encourage the public, private and voluntary sectors to take concerted action to improve the environment

(l) interpret and present to the public the heritage, landscape and nature conservation of the Park

(m) assist in maintaining and improving public rights of way to enable their use by all members of the public

(n) encourage safe use of water areas in the Park

(o) the provision of public parks or other public facilities of an environmental, educational or recreational nature, provided that the parks or facilities are not to be operated at a profit