This is a joint Friends/MAC website. The Management Advisory Committee has advised on the Common’s management for over 30 years. The Friends work alongside the MAC to engage the community in the protection, conservation and enhancement of the Common. Together, we aim to foster balanced use, mutual respect and understanding among all users.

 


A Common is an area of unenclosed, natural open space. It often has a wilder landscape and unlike a park, it is safeguarded by Act of Parliament. It is always owned by someone but other people can use it subject to the governing laws.

We have a right to roam and do things like picnic, exercise, relax and bird watch but NOT camp, light fires, barbecues or hold a festival or event or conduct a business without the owner’s permission.

 
Wandsworth Common Map
 

Wandsworth Common today
 

The Common we see today is a haphazard collection of no fewer than twelve pieces of varying size, some of which are not thought of as Wandsworth Common even by many locals.

Find out more about the geography and history here


Take a look at our map, on sale for just £2 in the Skylark and Toast Rack Cafés, to familiarise yourself with its 177 acres.


Discover some of the areas you can explore around the Common, and their ecology and nature here - grasslands, meadows, acid grassland, woodland, ponds & lakes and the Scope.

 

Keep up to date here with events and news

Events listed are those with Friends or MAC involvement or approved by Enable’s events team.

All events on the Common must be approved. An ‘event’ is defined as a gathering of 50 people or more OR one that involves infrastructure such as a gazebo

 
 


News stories are added periodically while our Twitter and Instagram feed @wwcommon is a useful source of more up-to-the-minute information.


October 2018

Sunday 7th
Photography talk & walk by Andrew Wilson

November 2018

Sunday 4th
Tree walk by Jessica Stocks, Wandsworth Common tree officer for Enable LC

Wednesday 14th 
Pub Quiz, the Althorp, 20 Bellevue Road

Saturday 17th 
Our first litter pick 9.30am

DECEMBER 2018

Saturday 1st
Tree talk/walk led by Enable LC
to mark National Tree Week

Saturday 8th
Carols on the Common
& Wandsworth Christmas Tree Festival

JANUARY 2019

Tuesday 1st
New Year's Day 10,000 step walk

Sunday 27th
Big Garden Birdwatch on the Common

FEBRUARY 2019

Thursday 14th
Love your Common, a talk to the Wandsworth Society by your co-chairs

Saturday 16th
Floral Watercolour Workshop

MARCH 2019

Monday 25th
rescheduled tree walk 5pm

APRIL 2019

Monday 1st
Butterfly talk by Simon Saville, 6.30pm
Learn how to find & identify the 28 species of butterfly on the Common

Sunday 14th
History walk by Charles Walton, 10.30am

Thursday 25th
London Bat Group bat walk, 8pm

Sunday 28th
Bowls tuition & friendly match with the Bolingbroke Bowls Club

MAY 2019

Thursday 2nd
Bird talk by Nick Rutter, 7pm

Friday 10th
Friends 1st birthday party & AGM
County Arms, from 6.30pm

Wednesday 22nd
The Common’s bee population, 7pm

Saturday 25th
Centenary Bowls Match, part of Wandsworth Heritage Fortnight, 2.30pm

JUNE 2019

Saturday 8th
Craig telescope talk & walk
by Greg Smye-Rumsby

Wednesday 26th

Tree walk, 5pm

Sunday 30th
More walk than talk’ - a longer distance local walk to Battersea Park

JULY 2019

Thursday 18th
Summer butterflies, 7pm Naturescope
Talk by Simon Saville of Butterfly Conservation

Sunday 21st
Wildflower walk with Roy Vickery of the S. London Botanical Institute, 2.30pm

Wednesday 24th
Daniel Raven-Ellison, founder of the National Park City movement. Talk on ‘Wild Cities’. Details and booking here

Monday 29th
Enable led biodiversity walk, 2pm, with Valerie Selby - details and booking here

Tuesday 30th
Enable led tree walk, 11am, with Jess Stocks - details and booking here

August 2019

Saturday 3rd
Moth breakfast 9pm, followed by Big Butterfly Count 10pm, Naturescope
with Simon Saville & May Webber of Butterfly Conservation

September 2019

Saturday 7th
History walk by Charles Walton

Thursday 12th
London Bat Group bat walk, 7.25pm

Sunday 15th
Bellevue Rd summer fair, including 10,000 step walk around the Common at 2.30pm

Thursday 26th
’The Secret Life of Flies’ a talk about the fascinating world of diptera, by Dr Erica McAlister of the Natural History Museum


Most of our events are open to children who are interested in the subject matter, but they must be accompanied by an adult

We also have regular swan & duck food bagging and litter picking sessions as well as a Heritage group. For more details of all events, please email us

 


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