Burbage Common and woods

About Burbage Common

Man fishing

Burbage Common is Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council's largest countryside site and is located on the edge of Hinckley, within easy reach from both east and west midlands. The site is owned by the borough council and is classed as public access land, with its use covered by byelaws. The site has grown to it's present size over a number of years.

This mix of semi-natural woodland and unspoilt grassland is 80 hectares (200 acres) in size. Burbage Common provides excellent opportunity for the following activities:

  • Walking
  • Wildlife study (more information on the ecological page
  • Horse riding
  • Orienteering
  • Environmental activities and education

Burbage Common belongs to the manorial estate and was the poorer pasture where commoners grazed their livestock. The common, together with other grassland areas, is now managed as a hay meadow. The woodlands are probably some of the only remaining fragments of Hinckley forest, which dates back to mediaeval times and they are still managed by the traditional method of coppicing with standards.

History and management plan 2011 - 2016

The management plan and site booklet, including a map of the site, are available to download. The document contains:

  • History of the common and woods
  • Current use and activities 
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Policy and local context
  • Site assessment
  • Action plan
  • Maps

If you have any difficulties viewing these documents online then please contact us for alternation formats, including audio, larger print or alternative language versions. If you require a hard copy please contact the Green Space Team on 01455 255707.  

Events

Please visit our pages on Burbage Common activities and events.

Camping

Camping is not permitted on Burbage Common. Information on local camp sites is available on the lovecamping website.

Bye-laws

Bye-laws apply to Burbage Common. To request a copy please contact Green Spaces.

Last updated: 18/10/2016 11:34

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