Rudry Common Trust emerged through the efforts of local residents to purchase Rudry Common in July 2007 when it was put up for auction. There was considerable concern amongst local people about the future of this valued countryside asset. A Rudry Common working party was set up with the aim of purchasing the common in order to protect it from potential development and mismanagement. Much hard work and lobbying followed - support, negotiation and expertise was provided by Ron Davies and the Caerphilly Woodland Trust and pledges of over £70,000 were made by local residents in an attempt to purchase the 10 acres on the Rudry village side of the common and Caerphilly County Council committed to bidding for the mountain side of the common.
Despite this immense effort by all involved the two plots of common land were sold to private owners. The positive momentum built by the Rudry Common working party led to the formation of Rudry Common Trust. The Trust was officially formed at a General Meeting in July 2007, officers and trustees were elected and the objects of the trust were agreed:
'To promote the conservation, protection and enhancement of the physical and natural environment of Rudry Common and the surrounding areas for the benefit of the public'.
Rudry Common Trust has works to meet this aim through vigilance and proactive opposition to development and encroachment on the common coupled with practical environmental improvements.
Our membership of approximately 50 is made up of people who are interested in ensuring that the Common and its surrounding area; the wild flora and fauna are protected and the legacy of the Common continues. The Trust and its activities are guided by a small committee of individuals who are elected at Annual General Meetings.