This is a joint Friends and MAC website. The MAC has monitored and advised on the Common’s management for almost 30 years. The Friends are working with the MAC and seek to engage the community in the protection, conservation and enhancement of the Common. Together, we aim to foster balance, mutual respect and understanding among all users.
A Common is an area of unenclosed, natural open space — often scrubland, grass and trees. Unlike a park, it is safeguarded by Act of Parliament. It is always owned by someone but other people can use it subject to the governing laws.
You and I have a right to roam and do things like picnic, exercise, relax and bird watch but not camp, light fires, barbecues or hold a festival or event or conduct a business without the owner’s permission.