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New on the Common

Good to see two new benches replacing a missing and damaged pair, new tarmac on a footpath and in the car park, and new manhole covers to replace broken ones. All paid for by income from events on the Common last year.

George Tuson

In memory of George Tuson by Barbara Wright George Tuson, who some of you may have know, sadly passed away in December 2016. As many people know, Streatham Common had considerable protectionist intervention over the years, however by the 1990’s the Streatham Common area was a little ‘tired’ and under resourced. It is against this […]

Tavellers’ Return

Ten days after a small group of travellers parked their vehicles on the Common but were persuaded to leave on the same day, another small group has arrived. The police were in attendance within an hour. later the council removed three caravans but they were moved back by the travellers in the evening. Next morning, […]

Rookery’s new information boards

Four new boards containing historical and botanical information are in place in the Rookery. The content for the boards was developed by the Rookery Design Group as part of the Centenary Project (funded by Heritage Lottery Fund). The design was created by south London designer Michiko Nitta –

New Floral Bed

The raised floral bed in the Rookery was replanted yesterday, based on Sunnyhill Primary School Eco-warriors’ winning entry in the Rookery Centenary Flowerbed Design.  

Orchid found

A surprise discovery on the Nature Trail Walk on Tuesday the 8th was a flowering orchid, the first that anyone can recall on Streatham Common. It was identified as a Broad-leaved Helleborine.  

Sundial returns

A brand new sundial is in place in the Rookery Gardens, although you won’t be able to examine it up close until the Heritage Lottery funded work on relaying the surrounding crazy paving has been completed. The new sundial is 100% brass. This makes it much less liable to suffer from vandalism than the previous […]

New Trees on the Common

During February and March, over 700 new trees and shrubs were planted on the Common, mostly adjacent to Streatham Common North. You may not have noticed them because they are just whips – very young trees that are less than a metre tall – but in years to come they should grow into fine copses […]

Fruit Trees Planted

Nine apple and three pear trees were planted by volunteers in the Rookery Orchard on February 23rd. Each tree is a different, carefully- selected variety. The varieties  include comice pear and bramley apple. They replace five dead or dying trees that have been removed.

New Trees Planted

Scores of new trees were planted on the Common today as part of a biodiversity offsetting programme being managed by the London Wildlife Trust. The trees are just whips – less than a meter tall and aged 2-3 years. They are all native British species, such as hawthorn, field maple and guelder rose. The first […]