The Garth is owned and managed by the Parish Council on behalf of the village. It is subject to restrictions regarding the pond which is the habitat of the protected species, the Great Crested Newt.
The pond has several picnic tables around it for public use and a viewing platform to look more closely at the inhabitants but, please, no pond dipping. A lifebelt is available for emergencies.
The Garth is within the Conservation Area and its rich archaeological heritage involves English Heritage regulation. It and Gill Green are classed as scheduled Ancient Monuments. It and Gill Green are classed as scheduled Ancient Monuments.
What remains of the Castle is grade 1 listed.
In summer, the Parish Council pay to have the grass cut and cleared. This is used for animal fodder so we urge residents to please clear up after their dogs.
Sheep graze through several months of the year, when electric fences are employed.
The older children at Cawood School act as Guardians of the Garth and Green Gill. They help clear vegetation, pick up litter, paint signage, paint the footbridge and make insect, bird and animal shelters.