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Waxwings on Clapham Common!

February 7, 2013
Waxwings on Clapham Common!

Bird recorder Simon Allday has been watching an influx of waxwings on Clapham Common since Sunday, when a small group arrived. On Monday a group of 20 of these exotic looking birds, which come over from Scandinavia in the winter to feed on berries and fruit, was feeding on rose-hips along Westside, returning to roost…

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A snowy tree planting session

January 27, 2013
A snowy tree planting session

Three black mulberry trees (Morus nigra) were planted last Tuesday (22 January) in the new community orchard, near the tennis courts on Clapham Common. The trees were planted by Trees for Cities trainees as part of their NVQ assessment. The orchard forms part of Friends of Clapham Common’s ambitious tree planting programme. Nina de Groote…

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Green-fingered school students plant trees on Clapham Common

January 11, 2013
Tree planting on the Common January 2013

Four trees were planted by local school children on Clapham Common yesterday, Thursday 10 January. The planting was organised by Trees for Cities in partnership with Friends of Clapham Common. A group of Year 7 and 8 students from Lambeth Academy planted trees near the Windmill pub – including some large-leaved lime trees. Year 6 students from Honeywell…

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Fourteen new trees for Clapham Common

December 15, 2012
Fourteen new trees for Clapham Common

Fourteen new trees will be planted on Clapham Common in early January. The following species will be planted: four large leaf limes three holm oaks a London plane two silver birches three black mulberries (to be planted in our new orchard) a northern red oak. Volunteers will be welcome to come and help – watch…

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Stag beetles love to live in Lambeth

December 13, 2012
Stag beetles love to live in Lambeth

Did you know that the largest population of stag beetles in the UK is in Lambeth? Several have been found on Clapham Common, including one in the very spot where we recently planted our Jubilee Oak Tree. Stag beetles are a European Protected Species, which means that they have become very rare across Europe and…

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Sky One Dome decision – no extension

September 15, 2012

Lambeth Planning Committee, meeting on 11 September, accepted arguments by the Community, led by the Friends, Clapham Society, Councillor Shirley Cosgrave and Fred Uhde of Northside, that the application by Sky One to extend their occupation of the events site beyond 28 days should be rejected. The site should be cleared by 1 October. A…

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NIKE + Fuel Station and Sky Got to Dance events

September 10, 2012
NIKE + Fuel Station and Sky Got to Dance events

Highly commercial activities on Clapham Common must be opposed Friends of Clapham Common, along with The Clapham Common Advisory Management Committee (CCMAC) and The Open Spaces Society, are increasingly alarmed at the behaviour of Lambeth Council who seems determined to regard Clapham Common as their own commercial asset to be exploited. Both NIKE Fuel+(1) and…

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Volunteers shape the Common!

June 25, 2012

More volunteers from business organisations are helping with much-needed improvements to the common. If the weather’s right, not only is it a day out of the office, with some physical activity, but it helps improve the legacy of Clapham Common for all visitors… Read more on our Environment Page!

New Meadow Bunds Created

June 22, 2012
New Meadow Bunds Created

Supervised by Lambeth Council’s Iain Bolton, a team of 15 volunteers from Studio Canal, Soho descended on the  Eagle Pond area of Clapham Common, on 20 June to realise the Friends’ second wildflower meadow.  A couple of months later, we had this splendid show! Let’s hope we get the same and more plants flowering next…

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Lloyds volunteers join Friends of Clapham Common

June 18, 2012
Lloyds volunteers join Friends of Clapham Common

Last month 120 volunteers from Lloyds Bank came to help Lambeth and Friends of Clapham Common accomplish essential management on the common. Banking people from all over the country got their hands dirty and helped clear the ground around young trees, plant wetland wild plants around the waterside of Eagle Pond, and helped to pull…

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