A little bit of Norfolk paradise – and it belongs to us!
Halfway between Dickleburgh and Rushall, where Langmere Road crosses Vaunces Lane, is a piece of land that has made history. St Clements Common is believed to be the only new common established in England during the 20th century.
Given to the people of Rushall and Dickleburgh by a local resident Mrs Daphne Buxton, St Clements consists of three small hedged fields. The first is a wildflower meadow with a track for walkers which leads to the second, larger field where community events – barbecues, carol-singing, even plays and music – are held. To its right, is a small strip of land, known as the Stackyard, which is being left relatively wild but which can be visited and enjoyed.
St Clements is a wonderful, peaceful spot and, as a County Wildlife Site, it is one of the best places to enjoy the natural world outside official reserves.
It is open all the time, and is the perfect place for a quiet walk. There are benches from which you can watch the wildlife. The notice-board at its gate will tell you the next community event to take place there.
St Clements Common belongs to our villages and can be enjoyed by residents of all ages.
Would you like to be involved in St Clements Common?
If you would like to help with plans for St Clements, please consider joining as a volunteer. Over the next year, we shall be working with the Norfolk Wildlife Trust in monitoring species of birds, mammals and plants on the Common as well deciding how best to make the Common work for our community. Enthusiasm and interest matter more than expertise!
If you would like to know more, or simply register your interest, please contact Terence Blacker by email at [email protected] or by telephone on 01379 742774.
You can read more about how St Clements Common came to be created by clicking on this link to a Guardian column from 1995.
Photographs courtesy of Harleston’s U3A Photography Group – July 2017