Friends of Tooting Common
News & Events
Letter from Friends of Tooting Common to Wandsworth Council on proposed closure of Dr Johnson Avenue: 25 March
Statement from the Friends of Tooting Common on the Heritage Lottery Fund bid, and the future of Chestnut Avenue: 25 February
Letter to Wandsworth Council on proposed cycle 'Quietway' through Tooting Common: 21 February 2016
Forthcoming events

On Friday 8 April we will be holding another of our litter picks. Picking sticks and gloves will be provided. But bring your own equipment if you can. Please make any enquiries about the pick to We are also holding litter picks on Sunday 24 April at 2.30pm, and Wednesday 11 May at 11.30am. We will be arranging the starting point for these picks soon, and details will be on this site.

We are also organising a Bluebell walk in Graveney Woods. There are difficulties in identifying the best time for this because of the unusual weather over the last few months (very mild in late Autumn, but colder earlier in the Spring). Provisionally, we are planning the bluebell walk for Sunday 17 April late afternoon. However we will confirm the date and time and other details a little nearer the time, depending on the weather in the meantime.

We are planning a quiz, organised jointly by the Rotary Club of Balham and Friends of Tooting Common, on Tuesday 10 May at the Hagen & Hyde pub on Balham High Road (arriving from 7pm for a 7.30pm start). Tickets are £5 each. The plan is for teams of four people. Since the space may be limited, it will be necessary to book in advance. If you would like to book for this, please email

We also have a number of other events under preparation, including our annual Dog Show on 12 June, and a series of monthly bat walks from now till the Autumn. More information will be available on this website.

Recent events

On New Year's Day we organised a short walk round the Common. This was an enjoyable event, and we will be arranging similar walks in future.

We have also organised five litter picks on the Common since mid-January. These have been very good events in which we have collected a substantial volume of litter from various parts of the Common, about half of it recycleable. More litter picks are planned over the next month couple of months - see above.

On 17 February we organised a social event at the Streatham Park Bowling club for members of FOTC and others with an interest in our work. This was a very useful event. Most of the discussion focussed on the Council's Heritage Lottery Fund bid and their plans for the future of Chestnut Avenue, which was for discussion at the Council meeting the following day (18 February), and to which we sent a deputation. (See item at the top of this page.)

We organised a Bird Walk on the Common on Sunday 28 February, led by Colm O'Flynn. This was a very enjoyable and informative event, and well attended, with around 30 people attending some or all of the time.

On 23 March we held the first of our bat walks of the year. We will be arranging a series of monthly bat walks from now till the autumn. More details will be on this website soon.

Bluebell Walk
  Birchwood Road hybrids Edge of Furzedown Road Native English bluebells
Ecology Ponds
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Photo Gallery
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Consultations and other involvement in issues relating to the Common

Tooting Common Heritage Project

Friends of Tooting Common have been involved during 2015 with Wandsworth Council on the Council's Tooting Common Heritage Project. A number of FOTC members have volunteered for work on the various strands of the Project, including historical research and the biodiversity surveys.

One specific proposal under the Heritage Project, on which the Council consulted, was the closure of Dr Johnson Avenue to road traffic.

Our response to the consultation on Dr Johnson Avenue is here.



Desegregation of cyclists and pedestrians on shared paths

Since April 2015, the white line segregating cyclists and pedestrians on paths allowed to cyclists have been removed, although priority should still be given to pedestrians.

FOTC made comments to Wandsworth Council on the arrangements for removal of the white line, and the need for arrangements to manage the transition to the new arrangements.

At an earlier stage in consideration of the removal of the white line, FOTC submitted comments to the public enquiry on the proposals in September 2014, taking into account an earlier survey of members, in 2013, on this subject.


FOTC's comments in April 2015 on arrangements for removal of the white line are here.


FOTC's comments to the public enquiry in September 2014 are here.

The results of FOTC's 2013 survey of members are here.

Proposals for "Quietway" cycle route
We have been in contact with Wandsworth Council on the proposals by Transport for London for a "Quietway" cycle route which will run for the Common. We have informed members on these proposals and asked for views on this, and the related issue of the surfacing of paths. We have raised with the Council the need for measures to ensure that it is clear that pedestrians have priority on the Quietway route. Wandsworth Council will be consulting on the Quietway proposals, and we will provide comments on them reflecting FOTC members' views.
Responses to Council proposals for the cafe
We were consulted in 2014 on the Council's proposals for a lease for the cafe on the Common.

Our response in Sept 2014 to the proposals is here.

We have subsequently supported, in November 2015, Wandsworth Council's application for permission for an extension to the cafe, since this will include a publicly accessible toilet, which, while not fully meeting concerns about the lack of toilet facilities on the Common, is a step in the right direction.

Responses to consultations in 2014 on events policy; policing; and on lease for the Triangle field.

We were also consulted in 2014 by the Council on draft proposals for:

- their draft policy events on parks and commons;

- their proposals for policing of parks and commons;

- the lease for the Triangle field (youth centre and redgra pitch)

Our responses to these consultations are here:

- on the draft events policy

- on policing

- on the lease on the Triangle field