Common Lane Recent History
What makes Common Lane Special?
Common Lane is a medieval route in Dorset which become impassable, itís surface damaged , deeply rutted and poorly drained.
It is an important lane between Corscombe and Halstock linking with the Wessex Ridgeway, and passing through the site of a Roman Villa in Halstock.
It traverses an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, passing Sites of Nature Conservation Interest and a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
It became a lost route, in a remote landscape , containing a wealth of wildlife.
What were the Common Lane Renaissance Aims?
- To restore the Lane as a sustainable healthy recreational resource for a range of users, safeguarding its environment, history and nature.
- To create an educational visitor attraction, which is free, accessible and open all year, and which promotes the local economy.
- To balance the needs of a working lane and restore an ancient way into the national route network.
How were these aims achieved?
- By creating a partnership between the Friends of Common Lane, Dorset County Council and Sponsors
- Managed by a local Common Lane Project Group.
- Supported by the Friends of Common Lane and landowners, to clear the route and improve the drainage
- Allowing the Dorset County Council to restore the surface in an environmentally friendly way.
- Establishing a long term partnership to ensure that Common Lane will be sustained for generations to come.
To become a Friend of Common Lane email Katherine Singleton-Smith. You will receive a regular newsletter.
To become a sponsor of Common Lane email Freda Hennessy.
Common Lane Rennaissance - A Healthy Heritage Project