Rushmere Common is an area of open land on the eastern side of Ipswich consisting of heathland, gorse, woodland and heather bisected by the golf fairways; as well as the common itself there is the neighbouring Sandlings Open Space which has a grassy recreation area with mini football goals and an area of wild flower meadow.
It is used by many local people for recreation, golf and also increasingly by people commuting between Ipswich and Kesgrave/Grange Farm on foot and by cycle. The Sandlings Walk starts from at the edge of the common and extends to Southwold 60 mile away.
Note that cycling on the common is not strictly legal, but is ‘tolerated’ by the committee. As a consequent National Cycle Route 1 (which runs between the Shetland Islands and Dover) passes just to the south of the common rather than across the common.
This blog has been set up to provide a place for user of the common report on what is happening, on proposed developments and to make suggestions about how to improve the area. It is not an ‘official’ or ‘approved’ and readers may wish to also check out the official website for the common.