Litcham Common has seen an increase in visitors in recent months and we are fortunate to have this wonderful open space to enjoy. The common and the ponies are looked after by volunteers and although grants are received from Natural England and Litcham Parish Council, for which we are very grateful, money is tight. We are therefore very pleased that Breckland Council has recently awarded us two grants of roughly £600 each, one of which will cover the cost of urgent repairs to the stock proof fencing, while the other will purchase materials for some new benches. Mike Oldfield has kindly offered to construct the benches, which will be installed by the conservation group. The grants have come from money provided by the developers of the new bungalows behind Litcham Post Office, out of what is known as a “Section 106 fund” to be used for the benefit of the local community.
Respect the common
Although visitors are welcome, the increase in numbers has raised some issues which we need to keep on top of.
Please be mindful of the fact that Litcham Common is a designated Local Nature Reserve and County Wildlife site and must be respected as such, especially as we enter the nesting season. In particular, dogs should be kept under close control at all times and please do not drop any litter at all, or leave dog poo bags lying around. Bins are provided in the car park, but even better, dispose of your litter at home.
Parking on the common
Byelaws prohibit any unauthorised vehicles from driving over or parking on the common, including the road verges. Please only use the car park provided. We are grateful for Litcham School’s cooperation in getting this message across to parents from outside the area who have been parking on the verges at school drop-off and pick-up times.
We occasionally receive comments from people who say that because it is a common they can do what they like on it! This is definitely not the case and a full copy of the Litcham Common Byelaws can be found on the internet at: http://www.litcham.org/pdfs/byelaws.pdf
Please enjoy Litcham Common, but respect it too!
The next conservation task will take place on Saturday 10th April, meeting at 10am in the car park. As always, new volunteers will be welcome to join us. Contact Tim Angell on 01328 700045 for more information.
Tim Angell, Litcham Common Management Committee