Fit for the future? - Have your say


The need for a new Act of Parliament

Malvern Hills Trust (working name of the Malvern Hills Conservators) was established in 1884 by an Act of Parliament.  The core duties, as set out in the Acts are to preserve the natural aspect of the Hills and Commons and to keep them unenclosed and unbuilt on as an open space for the enjoyment of the public.  Over the last 140 years the organisation has ensured that this iconic landscape has been safeguarded for the nation.

Since 1884 there have been four subsequent Acts of Parliament, and in addition some of the Trust's administrative arrangements are set out in other legislation in part dating back to 1847.  The world has changed dramatically since the organisation was established and now our ability to conserve this landscape effectively is being stifled by our outdated governance arrangements and they are no longer fit for purpose.

Because the Trust is governed by statute, such changes to our governance arrangements have to be made by Parliament by way of a Private Bill.  This was confirmed by the Charity Commission and the Department of Culture Media and Sport in 2020.

The Charity Commission has now given consent for the Trust to proceed with this course of action.

Proposals for a new Act will put in place much needed reforms but certain core principles will remain the same:

  • protecting and preserving the Hills as a public open space
  • keeping all decision making meetings open to the public
  • the right of those who pay the levy to elect trustees to the Board.

Over the next few months the Trust will be running a public consultation so that you can have your say on the proposals.

The detailed proposals for updating the Trust's governance will be published on 22 May when the public consultation opens.  

Find out more in our 'Frequently asked questions'.

Public consultation

As part of the public consultation we will be running a series of drop-in events (no appointment necessary) for you to find out more about the proposals and ask questions.  

We are encouraging everyone to take part in shaping the future care of this much-loved landscape. Take a look at the sessions we'll be hosting and we look forward to seeing you there.


29 May 3pm-8pm - Castlemorton - Castlemorton Parish Hall

8 June 1:30pm-5:30pm - Callow End - Callow End Village Hall

12 June 3pm-8pm - Malvern Link - United Reformed Church Hall

5 July 3pm-8pm - Colwall - Colwall Village Hall

7 July 1:30pm-5:30pm - Great Malvern - Malvern Theatres (Circle Bar)

Page edits:

12th February Introduction published
9th April 2024 Addition of FAQs
18th April 2024 Updated FAQs
7th May 2024 Drop-in sessions