Rushmere Common is situated on the eastern edge of Ipswich straddling the boundary between Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council. The common land itself includes a section of land to the north of the A1214 but not the section of the open land to the south-east which is known as Sandlings Open Space which is managed by Suffolk Coastal District Council. A small section of land to the south is owned privately by the Rushmere Golf Club (beyond the signs marked ‘private’). There are a number of rights of way across the area which are the responsibility of Suffolk County Council. The common itself is managed by a committee who are elected each year by ‘the commoners’, who must live within the ‘Ancient parish of Rushmere’. A number of maps show the different boundaries and the rights of way.
This first one shows the legal boundary of the common.
This one shows the boundary of Sandlings Open Space which butts up to the common but which is managed by Suffolk District Council.
And finally, a section to the south is owned by Rushmere Golf Club.
This next map shows the boundary of ‘the ancient parish of Rushmere’ which defines who can vote at the Rushmere Commoners AGM.
And here is the official rights of way map which shows a number of paths which are rights of way as identified by Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk District Council. Well… actually you will notice that Ipswich Borough Council hasn’t identified any rights of way yet and as such Heath Walk doesn’t actually reach Heath Road. There are other rights of way on the map which don’t actually exist on the ground, such as No 55 and 56.