Dorney Common is a private common covering over 169 acres and has been in agricultural use for around 1000 years. The Common is now used for summer grazing of stock and for haymaking.
Common land in England & Wales has its origin in the manorial system of land holding which was widespread before the Norman Conquest of 1066. Dorney Common is private land over which rights of common are exercised. A right of common is the legal right of one or more persons, the “Commoners”, to take or use some part of the natural produce of the land. The Commoners of Dorney Common are the owners of certain properties in, and around, Dorney. That part of the produce of the common which is not lawfully taken or used by the Commoners belongs to the owner of the common which in this case is the Palmer family who live at Dorney Court.
The common is managed by the Dorney Commoners Management Committee which is made up of an elected number of Commoners. All income generated by the Common is used for its maintenance and upkeep. The overriding objective of the Management Committee is to ensure the long-term survival and viability of the Common as a valuable and important asset to be used and enjoyed by those who farm it while at the same time allowing reasonable access by the local community. Users of the Common have no rights apart from any expressly provided for in law and nor shall any use of the Common give rise to any rights for whatever reason.
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Dorney Common is permanently in use as working farmland and those enjoying permitted access to the Common should obey the following rules:
Driving on any part of the Common is extremely dangerous and it is prohibited.
Parking is prohibited, including on the verges. Parking is available in the car park at the Boveney end of the Common.
Users of roads running across the Common do so at their own risk and should take particular care and attention when near any animals. Any death or injury to an animal will be the responsibility of the road user.
Dogs must be kept under control at all times. Between 1 March – 31 October dogs must be on a short lead and, whatever time of year, a person must have a dog on a lead when in the vicinity of livestock.
Dog litter poses a serious health risk to livestock and must be collected and disposed of by dog owners. All other forms of litter should be taken away and the Countryside Code observed.
Commercial and recreational activity is forbidden, including professional dog exercisers. Riding permits are available on request.
Failure to follow the rules and byelaws applying to the Common may result in a fine.
For further details or in an emergency please contact the Bailiff on 01628 604147.