BOVINES are set to return to Minchinhampton tomorrow. 

Cows are due to return to the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons to graze tomorrow after being kept in sheds and overwintering fields during the colder months.

Each year, Marking Day on May 13 marks the date on or after which graziers can release their livestock to roam the ancient grasslands for the summer.

The free roaming cattle are essential to keep the grasslands rich in nature.

Ann Finlayson, chair of the Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons Advisory Committee previously said: “For many, Marking Day is one of the highlights of the calendar, as we begin to see cows and other livestock released onto the commons for the summer.

"However, it is also the time of year where we need to remember how we can play our part to protect our bovine and equine friends."

Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons comprise more than 700 acres of open space, and are recognised as of national and European importance for their limestone grassland.

The National Trust has owned and maintained Minchinhampton Common since 1913 and Rodborough Common since 1937 and has an obligation to protect the landscape, ecology and archaeology of the area.

See the SNJ's website tomorrow for pictures of the event.