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Recent events

We held a very successful dog show on Sunday 11 May. [Find the results here]
This is an annual event, and this year's event was one of the best attended, with around 300 people attending
and about 135 dogs taking part.

In conjuction with the Furzedown Festival, we organised the annual Teddy Bear's Picnic on the Common on 22 June,
which was also very well attended.

We also participated with Froglife in the 'Dragon Day' event on Saturday 26 July, organised by Froglife,
which included planting at the new ponds established in the south-west corner of the Common.
Good progress is being made in the development of plants round these new ponds.

We have also organised three very interesting and informative botanical walks on Tooting Common, in conjunction with the South London Botanical Institute (SLBI):

- a wildflower walk on 10 June, led by Roy Vickery of SLBI

- a medicinal plants walk, on 29 June, led by Roy and Claire Choudhury, a local medical herbalist

- a "Fungus Foray" on 26 October, led by Fabrice Boltho

Each of the walks was very well attended.

Also on 26 October we held our annual Pumpkin Parade. This was a very enjoyable event, attended by about 200 people with competitions for the best pumpkins (in categories funniest, scariest, and most artistic) and best fancy dress, and storytelling.

During October to December we organised five litter picking events on the Common. These were very successful, clearing a considerable amount of litter. We also raised with Wandsworth Borough Council some concerns about the contractual litter collection arrangements on the Common. We will probably be arranging further litter picking events on the Common in the new year, subject to any snow.

On 23 November we held our Annual General Meeting at St Anselms Church (Lower Hall). This gave us the opportunity to review our activities over the last year, and look ahead to the coming year. The note of the meeting is here.

On 21 December we held a short event on the Common to mark the winter solstice. This was a very enjoyable time, attended by about 30 people, with the construction of a star compass with lights and willow decorations, some songs and poetry, and hot drinks.

On 25 January we participated with Froglife in some planting of roses round the new ecology ponds, as part of the work to develop the new ponds.

On 31 January we carried out a bramble pull in Graveney Woods to clear brambles which could inhibit the growth of bluebells. In particular we cleared brambles round three areas of the English variety bluebells, which are smaller and appear later than the Spanish variety. We will be organising a walk in the Graveney Woods in April to look at the bluebells (English and Spanish) when they are out.

 
       
Forthcoming events

We are planning a number of events over the next few months.

On Sunday 22 February at 2pm there will be some training in amphibian plant surveying, run by Froglife, at the ecology ponds. There is no charge for the training. Anyone wishing to attend this should book with Froglife - email Alex.Draper@froglife.org.

On Friday 20 February we are running a litter picking event on the Common starting at 11:30. For more information please email us at fotcinformation@gmail.com.

On Sunday 1 March afternoon there will be a Spring Wildflower Hunt - a botanical walk led by Roy Vickery of the South London Botanical Institute. This will start at 2:30pm, meeting at the car park at the junction of Dr Johnson Avenue and Tooting Bec Road. Everyone is very welcome to attend and there is no charge.

We are also planning a number of other events, including some more botanical walks and a history walk, as well as our regular bat walks.

More details will be available on this website.

       
       
Bluebell Walk
  Birchwood Road hybrids Edge of Furzedown Road Native English bluebells
       
 
       
Ecology Pond
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    Click on the picture for more information  
     
Bat Walks Spring, Summer and Autumn
Primarily for members only
These are organised monthly in the spring, summer and autumn.
They are primarily for members only.
For more information please email fotcinformation@gmail.com.
     
Capital Clean-up - Tooting Common Another successful Capital Clean-up - click here to read the the full report on your common  
     
Update on the travellers' visits
to Tooting Bec Common
Click here for the report  
 
 
Segregation of cyclists and pedestrians on some paths

Currently the cycle path is divided into two. Pedestrians are allowed on both sides of the path but cyclists are only allowed on their side.

In January 2013, FOTC carried out a survey of members for their views on these arrangements. Subsequently the Council have proposed removing the dividing white line.

A public inquiry on these proposals was held on 30 September 2014. FOTC submitted comments to this inquiry. The outcome of the inquiry is awaited.

The results of FOTC's 2013 survey are here.

FOTC's comments to the public inquiry in Sept 2014 are here.

     
Photo Gallery
The best one each month will go onto our website and may end up becoming part of a calendar. Send your photos of the common to us at lois_adams21@hotmail.com
     
Responses to consultations on events policy and on policing
From time to time, Friends of Tooting Common are consulted by Wandsworth Borough Council on issues relating to the Common. We have recently been consulted by the Council on their draft policy for events on parks and commons in Wandsworth, and on their proposals for policing of parks and commons from April 2015. Our responses to these two consultations are here - on the Council's draft events policy and on the proposals on policing.
       
Responses to Council proposals for Triangle field, and cafe

We have also been consulted on the Council's proposals for leases for:

- the Triangle field (youth centre and redgra pitch)
- the cafe on the Common.

Our responses to these two sets of proposals are here:

- on the Triangle field
- on the cafe