Events Coming Up
Location: Omnibus theatre, 1 Clapham Common North Side, SW4 0QW
6 February 2020 at 7pm
Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee is holding their annual open meeting.
All local residents and users of Clapham Common are welcome to join to hear about future plans for our treasured green and open space.
Planting hedges around playground
We need your help for planting hundreds of hedgerows (hawthorn, blackthorn, hazel) around the playground in Battersea rise. Currently, the area suffers from poor air quality due to high car traffic. Let’s improve it for our children.
Reforestation project – phase 1
weekends of February 2020
Do you want to fight climate change? Do you want to live in a greener city? Cleaner air and reduced pollution?
We need your help to plant 50 oak trees on the western side of the Avenue A205. They will:
– reduce the noise and visibility of traffic
– improve air quality
– provide a habitat for wildlife
– increase biodiversity, connect better Battersea to Nursery woods, helping create an ecological area
– enhance mental and general health
– reduce temperature
– improve soil quality and reduce erosion
– reduce risk of floods
– provide a succession to the current line of plane trees.
There will be a lot of digging, staking, watering.
If you are available, please contact us at Friends@claphamcommon.org.
Free talk: “Planting Our Way Out of Extinction”
15 January 2020
Location: Omnibus theatre
Martin Boiling, of the Woodland Trust (UK’s largest woodland conservation charity), presented on how and where the UK can plant 1.5 billion trees needed to reach net zero emissions by 2050, and that time has come for difficult decisions for our society. Currently, the % of forest area on UK land is 13%, that’s much lower than in continental Europe.
He also talked about the creation scheme of Langley Vale Centenary Wood in Epsom.
Christmas Clean Up
7 December 2019
Thank you to all those brave volunteers who came out in wintry weather to support the Friends’ Christmas Clean Up on Clapham Common. We collected in excess of 50kg of rubbish!! Good team work – everyone worked so hard – a really fantastic effort! supported by Trash Hero and Veolia, and rewarded with fresh coffee and mince pies!
Let’s work together to improve our environment! Look out for our ‘Spring Clean’ coming up in February.
30 November 2019
Colour Your Common project: around 15 volunteers planted 200 bulbs of English bluebells, snowdrops, wood anemone, wild daffodils and fritillary, provided by Lambeth council. Watch for flowers in spring by the paths around Nursery woods.
This takes the number of bulbs planted in the last year to approximately 2,700!
23-24 November 2019
150 whips of blackthorn, hawthorn, guelder rose and bird cherry were planted by 20 volunteers:
– 75 opposite the Bandstand, in front of the metal rail of the kids’ area;
– 50 by Windmill drive, opposite Bandstand beds
– 25 by Battersea woods.
They were donated by the Mayor’s of London and will become rare patches of shrub land for wildlife.
The 2019 FCC Summer Party was attended by around 150 members, and hosted in a large, beautiful garden on West Side. Food was kindly cooked by FCC Committee chef, Maggie de Dominicis on a giant paella pan and jazz music was provided by The Graham Pike Quartet.
Thank you for your generous support of the raffle and silent auction. Thanks to this year’s sponsor, Aspire estate agents, and all of the local retailers for their valued contribution.
Memorial Trees Map
FCC has an ongoing project to plant 101 memorial trees. These trees are paid for by people who wish to remember a loved one by way of a tree, and there is a map showing their locations in the cafe by the bandstand.
Grass in a large area by the Long pond died due to compacted soil and overflown water. We laid new turf.