Harrison's Rocks Management Group

HRMG is a specialist sub-committee of the BMC (British Mountaineering Council), reporting to the Land Management Group. They are responsible for the management of Harrison’s Rocks and Stone Farm Rocks as both belong to the BMC.
Current Members are:

1. Sarah Cullen (Chair)
2. Tim Skinner
3. Bob Moulton
4. Emma Harrington
5. Daimon Beail
6. Adrian Paisey
7. Mark Brewster
8. Michael Phelan
9. Chris Stone (BMC Area 'London and South East' Chair)
  • Rik Payne (Ex-chair of London and South East Area) stepped down in Oct 2018
  • Mick Canning stepped down in May 2016.
  • Both, long term members Nigel Head and Geoff Pearson stepped down from the group in January 2015.
  • Tim Skinner stepped down as Chair in 2015, but remains a member of the group.

The Management group were also sub-contracted to Sport England to manage the car park, campsite and toilets at Harrison’s, but the contract and lease ended in November 2014 leaving the Forestry Commission in charge of the facilities. From then on their focus will be entirely on the rocks and the land around them. So focus will be mainly on rock maintenance, bolt maintenance, erosion control and woodland management but will also include things like signage and liaison with the Forestry Commission.

The group meet 3 times a year in January, May and October for 2-3 hours to discuss the matters mentioned above as well as regularly communicate on current issues at the rocks between these meetings. In addition the group undertake work with support of additional volunteers as well as make regular site inspections and help educate climbers regarding the code of practice when using the rocks.

For past HRMG minutes, please visit the BMC - HRMG Community website.

The HRMG are volunteers and do what they can alongside the BMC to ensure sandstone is protected and open to climbers.  A lot of behind the scenes work takes place with dealing with queries and organisation. The list below are just some of the reported work the Harrison's Rocks Management Group have achieved in the recent past:

  • 2016 - 2018 - Isolated Buttress ongoing discussions - Harrison's Rocks
  • July 2017 - New Sandstone Code of Practice agreed and printed
  • 12 November 2017 - Volunteer weekend open to all (Woodland Management Plan section F)  & Wanderfall Area Left Clearance  - Harrison's Rocks
  • 10 & 11 November 2018 - Clearance weekend Woodland Management Plan (open to all) - Revetments, brashing, path building - Harrison's Rocks
  • 18 February 2018 - Crucifix Wall Clearance - Harrison's Rocks  
  • 16 February 2019 - Wanderfall Clearance - Harrison's Rocks 
  • 2 March 2019 - Birch Tree Wall Clearance - Harrison's Rocks 
  • March 2019 - Stone Farm sign review. New BMC sign agreed and produced 
  • 13 & 14 April 2019 - x7 new sets of bolts installed - Harrison's Rocks
  • 12 May 2019 - More sets of bolts were installed - Harrison's Rocks