About Horsell Common Preservation Society

Horsell Common is one of only a handful of privately owned areas of common land in England with public access. The Horsell Common Preservation Society Trustees who manage the common, do so with great care out of respect for the wildlife living there and the general environment. This Internet site will tell you what you need to know about the place that helps define Woking as a wonderful area in which to live.

We own and manage Horsell Common, a privately owned area of common land with public access, together with Pyrford Common, Littlewick Common, Woodham Common and various parcels of adjacent land.


To become a member and support our works, use the Join Us link above.

Members are permitted to take, by hand, small quantities of fallen branches for domestic use, but not timber that has been cut and stacked for use by the Society. Nor do we permit cutting or felling of trees by individuals. Chainsaws are not permitted at any time on the common, other than those being operated by contractors working on the Society’s behalf.

As a member you will be contributing to the upkeep and management of this important natural resource and add weight to the society as an influential environmental organisation. You have a right to attend and vote at the Society’s AGM when its director trustees are appointed. In addition you will receive our regular newsletters and invitations to any members events we hold.


There is an elected committee of Trustee Directors who manage the common, their term in normal circumstances lasts for three years. All those wishing to remain on the Board after three years have to stand for election at the Annual General Meeting.

Three sub-committees each meet once a month, reporting to the main committee, which also meets monthly.

The three sub-committees:

Estates Management

Responsible for the day-to-day management of the common, including conservation, tracks, woodlands and heathland maintenance.

Finance and Legal

Responsible for management of the Trust’s finances and legal responsibilities, including the granting of vehicular access licences.

Public Relations

Responsible for production of a regular newsletter, member information and matters relating to education in connection with the common.

Heather Farm Ltd

The building at Heather Farm raises funds for the charity and as recommended by the Charities Commission, is a separate wholly owned subsidiary company, that is responsible to and reports to the charity.

The directors of Heather Farm Limited consist of Trustee Directors of Horsell Common Preservation Society, the Estates Manager of Horsell Common and other directors who from time-to-time may be involved due to their expertise.

Application for changes to common land – 2017

Horsell Common Preservation Society has made an application under section 16 of the Commons Act 2016 to exchange areas designated as common land. Details can be found in the documents below.

Notice – Section 16 of the Commons Act 2006