Open Spaces Society OSS 150th Year
Join OSS Today!
VISIT OUR NEW ONLINE SHOP TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP    Support our appeal to save our spaces    Respond to the Welsh Government's consultation on access to the outdoors in Wales    Restoring the Record 2nd edition coming soon    New chance to rescue lost commons in Wales    Ten years left to #FindOurWay    Support our work via the OSS easyfundraising shop    Our tool-kit to save open spaces    JustTextGiving to support our work    Remember a charity in your will

Beating the bounds of your green or common

Parish and community councils, and other local groups, may like to beat the bounds of their local common or village green on Rogation Sunday. Beating the bounds is a centuries-old tradition, aimed at reminding everyone of boundaries that were important in their lives. During Rogationtide—the fifth week after Easter—villagers, with the rector and other local dignitaries, would walk the parish bounds. The children would carry willow wands to beat the boundary markers with, and in some ceremonies children had their heads bumped on boundary stones to imprint them firmly in the memory.

For further information, please download our information sheet Beating the bounds.