The Common

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This beautiful area is an important part of the village and the following ensures it is kept that way.

The ‘Rough Guide’ to Mulbarton Common Bye-Laws
(This brief summary of the bye-laws of Mulbarton Common outlines the key points. For details of each one, please consult the official wording on display near the church fence and at the South East corner of the Common)


  • Do not place or deposit anything on the common
  • Do not dig or cut anything
  • Do not remove or damage seats, bins etc
  • Do not shoot or chase birds or animals
  • Do not drive or park vehicles except where permitted
  • Do not erect buildings, fences, posts, tents etc
  • Do not have shows or exhibitions etc
  • Do not camp, do not light a fire
  • Do not discharge missiles (N.B. includes golf balls)
  • Do not allow animals to remain on the common
  • Do not ride horses across the common
    Every bye-law states “without lawful authority. The authority is South Norfolk District Council at South Norfolk House, Long Stratton.

Offenders can be convicted and fined.
Vehicles, animals, structures and people which offend the bye-laws can be removed from the common.

The Scheme for Management of Mulbarton Common is dated 1899: “The local inhabitants shall have the right of free access to every part of the common, and a privilege of playing games and enjoying other recreation, subject to any bye-laws” (item 5) “the District Council may protect and improve the common as a place for exercise and recreation by draining, planting, placing seats, making new paths and roads etc.” (items 3 & 6)

Mulbarton Common Bye-laws were approved by the UK Secretary of State in 1971

Would you be interested in becoming a Community Wildlife Surveyor for Mulbarton Common?

Would you be interested in learning more about wildflowers or how to record different wildlife habitats? Could you spare a day or two during the spring and summer of 2016 to help Norfolk Wildlife Trust with an exciting new wildlife project? This spring NWT launched a new project funded by the National Lottery called Norfolk County Wildlife Action which aims to encourage people to record the wildlife they see in churchyards and on County Wildlife Sites.

Norfolk County Wildlife Action will work with local communities encouraging more people to get involved in wildlife recording and surveying sites across Norfolk. This project has given Norfolk Wildlife Trust the opportunity to re-survey 70 County Wildlife Sites and 30 churchyards in a two year period. We will be carrying out wildflower surveys and creating habitat maps for each site, with the help of trained local volunteers.

This project is a fantastic opportunity for people to develop skills in wildlife recording, learn more about the wildlife associated with churchyards and some of Norfolk’s County Wildlife Sites and to make a real difference to wildlife conservation through helping to survey and monitor these important wildlife sites.

If you would like to find out more:

If you have any questions about the project or would like to get involved please do get in touch by emailing or phoning 01603 625540.

Amphibian hibernaculum, March 2016

The Norwich Fringe Project: Blog number 28 (1)

TREE SURVEY – January 2016.

South Norfolk Council have had the trees on Mulbarton Common inspected, from this piece of work 24 trees have been highlighted as needing work carried out on them or felled. This work will take place before the end of March to avoid interfering with breeding birds.

Two trees will be felled, due to them being dead. One is a willow the other a Red Horse Chestnut. One Ash will be pollarded, the rest of the work is deadwood removal and crown lift.

Survey results and plan shown below:

Tree Survey

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Village Ponds

Village Ponds

Todd's Pond - October 2015

Todd’s Pond – October 2015

October 2015

October 2015

Football on the Common - October 2015

Football on the Common – October 2015