Norton Common This view up the avenue of trees from Icknield Way to Willbury Road. It continues to town Axis to its northern extremity . Three of the avenues of trees were planted in 1937 by local schools and the Brownies to mark the coronation of King George VI many of which, now are still standing, and are very popular with the squirrel population.
On the South Eastern corner of the Common is the open air Lido built in 1935 and close to these are tennis courts, a bowling green and a play playground, presntly a skateboard park.
Recently it has been the venue for Foundation Day celebrations and Fireworks with thousands of local residents attending. However this has been controversial due to the damage done to the grass by the crowds and lorries, at what is usually a wet muddy time of the year.
The furrows left by vehicles render the central area impassable for months.
Famous for the presence of Black Squirrels unusual elsewhere in England, you can often see them and their grey counterparts running around, playing and feeding quite tamely. Not terribly popular with householders if they get into your loft, they have crossed into the Grange Estate, on the northern border of the common, where I have seen both adults and their young running in the streets and on rooftops occasionally.