Commons land

West common

Landscape photo of the west common in Lincoln

West common is situated to the north and south of Carholme Road. It is an area of open land giving excellent views of the Cathedral and the historic hilltop. The West common:

  • Has an area of some 100 hectares
  • Has been designated as an area of critical asset and nature conservation importance
  • Consists mainly of semi-improved grassland
  • Represents 11 per cent of the city’s natural grassland/marsh resource
  • Supports a population of skylark
  • Supports a number of sports facilities including football, tennis, cricket, bowls and a golf course. 
  • For information the golf course is managed by Carholme Golf Club who lease an area of the West Common for this purpose. It should be noted that the area of the golf course is Common land and the rights of the public to roam this area are not affected by this lease.


Grazing a horse on Lincoln’s Common land

Every resident householder within the city is entitled to graze a horse on any of the three commons. Animals must be registered with the City Council through the City Council’s licensing department. 

Maintaining the Commons

All of Lincoln’s commons are protected by the Lincoln City Council Act 1985 which states that the City Council ‘has a duty to maintain and to preserve the aspect of the Commons as an open space.’ In conjunction with the Act are sets of byelaws, which are displayed at each common.

The Commons are supported by the Lincoln commons advisory committee, whose members are committed to the preservation of Lincoln’s historic common land.

Reporting a problem 

You can use our online form to report a problem, make a complaint or make a general enquiry about any of the commons

Report a West common problem