Poor Common (including Bellevue Plantation) is a 15 hectare site situated to South East of Ferndown.
In the 18th Century Poor Common was part of an un-enclosed heathland common which stretched from Parley Common in the east, to Colehill in the west (first edition, 1" Ordnance Survey, c1790).
The name 'Poor Common' indicates that, at the time of enclosure sometime in the 19th century, part or all of the site was left open as an area where the Poor of the Parish would have kept the right to collect fuel but not to graze stock.
The site is crossed by two footpath rights of way and a bridleway runs from the far West corner accessed from Ringwood Road to the Southern most tip of the site onto Christchurch Road; there are further informal paths across the site which can be accessed from various points around its boundary. A large heathy glade is rich in insect and bird life.
|Look out for
||The site consists primarily of Scots and Corsican Pine, mature Rhododendron, Birch and Willow scrub. Look out for a variety of woodland birds and heathland insects.
||Remnant lowland heath and dense pine woodland
Scheduled Ancient Monument
|Nearest bus stop
||Ringwood Road, Wilts and Dorset bus route
|Nearest train station
||Poole (10 miles)
||SZ 071 880
||Parking is available in the lay-by on Ringwood Road, just past The Angel public house
||Over two km of well surfaced and level paths run throughout the site and all entrance points are kissing gates which can be assessed by large mobility vehicles.
||Dog bins at main entrances to site along Casterbridge Road
||East Dorset District Council
||Christchurch and East Dorset Countryside Team
|How to get there
From Poole A35, from the Bear Cross roundabout carry straight onto towards Ferndown over the double roundabouts at Longham. Once on Ringwood Road look out for the lay-by on the right hand side where you can park.
From A31, turn off of the A31 towards Ferndown, carry on through the town centre towards Longham and Poole. The lay-by where parking is available is approx 100yrds on the left after the Angel Pub traffic lights.