Stanley Common is an area of public land surrounding the capital of the Falkland Islands, Stanley. As with most areas of common land, it was set aside for the benefit of the community and to meet its needs. In recent years the use of Stanley Common has shifted from predominantly grazing opportunities for people in town to predominantly being used for recreational opportunities. Keeping up with the times has meant that both policy and legislation relating to the area needed to be updated.
As part of the legislative review for Common land agreed by ExCo in August 2017 (143/17) a management plan for Stanley Common has been developed. The Common Ordinance 2017 was published in the Falkland Islands Gazette on the 31st of January 2018. Under the new ordinance the land defined as Stanley Common has been extended to the West to include Two Sisters Camp and has been subdivided into Category A and Category B common land. The new ordinance identifies with it the various acceptable uses and the need for a management plan to accompany it.
The Stanley Common Management Plan provides a policy document to support the legislation and the pro-active management of Stanley Common, with both the community and natural environment in mind. The aim is to clearly identify management actions that embrace a vision for the future of Stanley Common for this generation to come.
The Management Plan, forumalted by the Environmental Officer, was approved by ExCo in July 2019. This follows an extensive period of public consultation and feedback from both the Environmental Committee and Lands Committee.
Advice and guidance is being developed by the Environmental Unit to ensure that all can enjoy Stanley Common and the nature within.
For more information, please contact:
Denise Blake, Environmental Officer & Environmental Policy Adviser