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Recent events

FOTC held a very enjoyable quiz night at the Bedford pub in Balham on 25 April.

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.

Forthcoming events

On 23 November we will be holding our Annual General Meeting from 3pm to 5pm at St Anselms Church (Lower Hall),
9 Tooting Bec Road, SW17 8BS. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, and hear more about the work of FOTC: however voting (eg for officer and committee posts) is for FOTC members only.

We are also running a number of litter picking events on the Common. We have run three successful events in recent weeks, and are planning further litter picking events on Friday 21 November and Friday 5 December, each starting at 11.30. For more information, please email

We are also planning several other events over the next few months. More details will be available on this website.

Bluebell Walk
  Birchwood Road hybrids Edge of Furzedown Road Native English bluebells
Ecology Pond
    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
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
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