The Friends

We are a society dedicated to protecting the wildlife and widening the public interest and understanding of Mitcham Common. You can join us and help protect the Common.


Our new birthday/anniversary calendar

Our birthday/anniversary calendar is now ready to buy. There is a picture of the Common for each month and there’s plenty of space for you to write in every important date.

It is an A4 hanging calendar, folding down to A5. The price is £10, including postage.

The calendars are also available to purchase from the Wandle Industrial Museum (London Road, Mitcham, next to the Vestry Hall). The museum is open on Wednesdays, 1 to 4 pm, and Sundays, 2 to 5 pm. If you have never visited this little museum before here’s a reason to do so, and you don’t need to book!

Get in touch now to buy yours.

Memorial Bench for Janet Morris

We have been working behind the scenes on the installation of a memorial bench for Janet Morris, longtime Friend and tireless volunteer for Mitcham Common. Learn about Janet here. The bench has been recently installed by the Conservators in Janet’s favourite place, overlooking Seven Islands Pond.

We will have a ceremony to dedicate the bench to Janet next year as part of a Mitcham Common Open day event. We’re planning a celebration of everything Janet did for Mitcham Common and of the Common itself. Meantime, the bench is in place and it’s a great spot to sit and enjoy the view. Do take a look if you are passing.

Keep checking back, or join our email list to be kept up to date about this an all things Mitcham Common!

Magpie meets paused – but we’re still here

During the current situation we are pausing our Magpie Meets, litter picks, walks and other activities.

But we are still here, and still caring about the Common, and we will resume scheduled activities when the situation allows.

If you are just discovering Mitcham Common for the first time, or are a regular visitor, please consider becoming a member of the Friends. Here’s how to join.

Drop us an email if you would like to know more about our work or to let us know if you see any interesting plants or wildlife as you spend time on the Common.

Mitcham Common – a great place for wildlife!

The latest Magpie newsletter

‘The Magpie’ is the official newsletter of the Friends of Mitcham Common. It brings our members up to date with the work of the Friends, including up and coming events and walks on the Common.

Click on the Magpie above to view the latest edition. You can also download each Magpie edition in PDF format from this page.

The Magpie is over 30 years old and we’ve made every edition available on the website so people can see the history of the Friends and how we have addressed the issues of the Common.

How to get to Mitcham Common

Lying in South London straddling the boroughs of Merton, Croydon and Sutton, Mitcham Common is a 182 hectare (460 acres) site of Metropolitan Importance for Nature Conservation.

It is also part of the Wandle Valley Regional Park