Bookham Commons

Ancient commons, mentioned in the Domesday Book, with grassland plains, mighty oak woods and serene ponds

A cyclist on bike in  front of a view of Surrey Hills

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Bookham Commons

What's on

Upcoming events

Emperors and Admirals at Bookham Common - walk and talk

Sat 25 Jun 2022
10:00-12:00
A look at the wildflowers and butterflies of Bookham Commons
Bookham Commons

Wildlife

Bookham Commons

History

two children playing at the Devil's Punch Bowl

What are commons? 

Commons today are valued for their protection of wildlife and ecology, where people are welcome visitors but the natural world takes priority. However, these sites survive in an unspoiled state thanks to a fascinating and often contentious human history of community identity, local memory and the rights of common people.

Bookham Commons

Our work

Banks Common provides a rare grassland habitat

Bringing nature back from the brink 

Following a careful programme of land management over the past 12 months, Bank’s Common, part of Bookham Commons, is showing signs of renewed vitality.

English oak tree

Harvesting oak timber on Bookham Commons 

Learn how we harvest the woodlands for oak once the trees have been thinned in the autumn and winter.

Bookham Commons

Get involved

Volunteering taster day at Fell Foot

Volunteering in the current situation

Volunteers have always been at the heart of the work of the National Trust in caring for nature, beauty and history and we are really grateful for your interest in volunteering with us.

Couple on bench between trees with lively dog

Friends of Bookham Commons 

The Friends of Bookham Commons work tirelessly to raise funds and help maintain the commons. Over the years, they've provided restful wooden benches, a boardwalk over a marsh and a bird hide on Upper Eastern Pond for you all to enjoy.