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Bat-tracking on Friday 12 September

August 17, 2014
Bat-tracking on Friday 12 September

Join us as we listen for bats on Clapham Common, Friday 12 September 7.45 – 9.30pm Everyone is welcome to join us. We will be meeting in the Bandstand, learning a little about bats and how to use the equipment, then setting of at sunset, when bats start flying and calling. This is an exciting…

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New outdoor gym equipment on Westside and Northside

July 18, 2014
New outdoor gym equipment on Westside and Northside

Many will have noticed the new wooden installations designed for outdoor exercise, on Westside, Battersea Rise and Northside. FCC has supported this idea since it was first proposed back in 2008. Lambeth Sports have various ideas for the better, more sustainable use of the Common in the face of increasing numbers of people hoping to…

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Sad demise of mature Black poplar

July 9, 2014
Sad demise of mature Black poplar

Many will have noticed that a mature Black poplar, possibly 300 years old, which was growing close to Mount Pond and the children’s play area, has been dispatched by Lambeth’s Trees Service. It appears that formal notices to fell the tree were not issued, and although it had been the subject of investigation over the…

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Chuka Umunna MP gives his support to the Friends at Abbeville Fete 28 June

June 28, 2014
Chuka Umunna MP gives his support to the Friends at Abbeville Fete 28 June

The Friends stall was buzzing at Abbeville Fete – we recruited more than 15 new members and launched our petition against mega-events on Clapham Common. Chuka Umunna MP for Streatham, came to lend his support for our work.  Chairman Melanie Oxley said, “Chuka said that Clapham Common needed us, to keep the pressure on Lambeth…

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Event noise complaints – Calling Festival 27-29 June

June 26, 2014
Event noise complaints – Calling Festival 27-29 June

If you are disturbed by noise from the Clapham Calling Festival this weekend, phone Lambeth on 0203 475 6949, followed up by an email to complaints@lambeth.gov.uk copied to friends@claphamcommon.org. You can also undertake the formal complaint procedure – see How to complain.

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Eagle Pond wetland planting day – 1 June

June 1, 2014
Eagle Pond wetland planting day – 1 June

Friends and volunteers came to plant wet-loving shrubs and water-weed at our new wetland close to Eagle Pond, on a glorious 1 June.   Willows, hazel and hawthorn were planted in groups close to the protective fencing and young children had great fun throwing water plants into the middle of the wetland. They discovered freshwater…

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Come and plant up our new wetland! Event Sunday 1 June

May 15, 2014
Come and plant up our new wetland! Event Sunday 1 June

Our new wetland at Eagle Pond has now been completed – at least from an engineering point of view. Now we need you to help add the plants! Contractors have created a leak-proof basis for our flooding wetland and have created an overflow from Eagle Pond, all managed under the banks. At certain times the…

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FCC launched new Nature Trail Saturday 10 May

May 11, 2014
FCC launched new Nature Trail Saturday 10 May

Five brave families turned out to complete our new Nature Trail, ably led by Bob Robinson, Committee member. We were unlucky with the weather as strong gusts of wind and sharp showers threatened to ruin our display, but those who took part enjoyed their afternoon.

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Launch of our new Nature Trail Saturday 10 May

April 30, 2014
Launch of our new Nature Trail Saturday 10 May

Saturday 10 May 2pm – 4.30pm Children of all ages will learn about the bugs, animals, birds and trees that live on Clapham Common, using our informative, straightforward Nature Trail that we are launching on Saturday 10 May. The Nature Trail will be specially led from our stand during the afternoon. It takes approximately 20…

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Orchard Care Training was a great success!

March 23, 2014
Orchard Care Training was a great success!

Ten participants from all over Lambeth came to learn from expert fruit grower Malcom Withnall, all about how to care for a growing orchard. The Friends of Clapham Common orchard is situated close to the tennis courts near Nightingale Lane and Westside and is doing quite well. We learned that we should encourage a longish…

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