This is a joint Friends/MAC website. The Management Advisory Committee has advised the Council on the Common’s management for over 30 years. The Friends are working with the MAC to engage the community in the protection, conservation and enhancement of the Common. Together, we aim to foster balanced use, 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.