Chorleywood Common

Posted On August 8, 2014
August 08, 2014


Dandelions. Photo © Jonathon Wretham
Chorleywood Common is approx 200 acres of grassland, and woodland. Managed by Chorleywood Parish Council it’s a County Heritage Site and has Local Nature Reserve status. Home to both Chorleywood Cricket Club and Chorleywood Golf Club
The Friends of Chorleywood Common was formed in 1990 and now has over five hundred members whose  principal objectives  are to:

  • conserve and safeguard the Common for the future enjoyment of local residents and visitors;
  • advise on and support the management of the Common; and
  • promote local interest in and awareness of the Common with events and publicity.
From time to time Friends of Chorleywood Common, organise a traditional “Beating of the Bounds” day when local families help by walking the entire length of its boundary. The procession around the parish boundary dating back to the 15th Century originally took place every year on Rogation Sunday  a few weeks after Easter and involves beating the perimeter with stripped willow branches.  Children in particular are welcomed so that they can learn about the Common and how its boundaries can be protected from encroachment. contact the Parish Council for the next date.
At certain times of the year you’ll find cattle grazing on some areas of the common.
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Jan 2015: Why they fell trees on the common
Nov 2014: The Chilterns AONB Chilterns Common Project
September 2014 New spider species spotted on Common
July 2014: The Indie Rock band Alt J ∆ chose Chorleywood common as the location for their latest video shoot.
April 2014: Rumors of a Dress Code for the Common cause quite a stir.
March 2014 a crop of Wooden Fungi suddenly appear on the common.
Memory Lane: Jessie Louise Evans Anderson’s family memoirs.
More information on the Beating of the Bounds.
The annual Classic Car Show


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