Welcome to the website for Rushmere Common, Rushmere St Andrew.

Rushmere Common (also known as Rushmere Heath), is situated on the Eastern outskirts of Ipswich, mainly within the parish of Rushmere St Andrew, Suffolk.

It is predominately heathland, gorse and woodland and hosts a golf course.It adjoins the Sandlings Open Space to the East and is crossed by a number of footpaths, including the Sandlings Walk - a long-distance footpath which starts on the common and ends 50 miles away in Southwold.

Day-to-day management of the common is performed by the Commoners Committee, which ideally has nine members, who are elected at the AGM. The committee is supported by a clerk and a warden. The warden patrols the common on most days and keeps a watching brief on the area in general. The clerk deals with the correspondence and record keeping as well as the financial accounts.


If antisocial behaviour is observed, please contact the police on 101 unless it is an emergency when 999 is appropriate. A non-urgent crime can also be reported online at suffolk.police.uk. 

Contact points:

The Clerk: Mrs Christine Kendall


tel: 07562 225072

Web Master: Alison Pledger










Enjoy this lovely place;  be considerate of it and each other. Help us to keep this beautiful place pleasant and safe for us and wildlife by not dropping litter and always disposing of dog waste in the bins provided, not in bushes or on the paths. Bags are provided free for your use if you do not have any, located in the boxes at most of the entrances.

Please avoid walking on sensitive habitat such as heather, which provides cover for birds and insects.

If you are interested in joining the Rushmere Commoners Committee, please contact the clerk for more details. Please check that you qualify before contacting us by checking you live in the Parish of Rushmere. This can found by clicking 'The Commoners' tab.   

 ***From now until March 2023, golfers will be starting on the 10th tee instead of the 1st. Walkers may want to adjust their routes accordingly to avoid busy areas of the common at particular times of the day***