Martham – Common Road SMEE

The Parish  Council are pleased to support the work of the volunteers who do a wonderful job of taking care of the small nature reserve on Common Road which can be found on the outskirts of the village. 

Common Road SMEE is one of four ‘smee lands’ in Martham. After the Enclosure Acts, these areas were set aside for the road surveyors to access materials to maintain local roads. In the past, the smee land off Common Road was part of the much larger Martham Common.  In 2009 it was made into a nature reserve with a grant from the Broads Authority.

A group of local volunteers and keen supporters with the full backing of the Parish Council and the Norfolk Wildlife Trust are trying to create a wildflower meadow to improve the reserve further for wildlife.

Work sessions are held about 6 times a year lasting around two hours. If you would like to be involved please contact the Parish Council or send an email directly to

December 2021 update from group volunteers 

Clear weather took us down to Common Rd Smee today and we wanted you to see the reserve in the winter sunshine.

We were also rewarded with a fly over of some skeins of Pinkfoot geese.

Wante to wish you all a Happy Christmas and best wishes for the New Year and to thank you for the help and support you have given to the work on restoring the reserve over the year.

We have been given a number of young trees by Norfolk County Council to improve the Common Rd hedge – and we are planning to plant them and to do some other work on the hedge in January.

This will be in line with government guidelines in place at the time.

Will be in touch after the New Year holiday.

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