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.


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.

Janet’s bench has been recently installed by the Conservators in her favourite place, overlooking Seven Islands Pond.

Janet’s bench, overlooking Seven Islands Pond

We will have a ceremony to dedicate this bench to Janet next year as part of a Mitcham Common Open day event. We were hoping to have this day on the first anniversary of her passing in August but COVID means that this has to be postponed until 2021. 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.

Magpie meets paused – but we’re still here

Duing 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 scheulded 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.


Buy our unique greeting cards!

Would you like to send a unique greeting card for special occasions that show a view of Mitcham Common? You can get them now!

The Friends have worked with photographer Martin Sharpe to develop and print a set of 6 5” by 7” blank greetings cards with views of Mitcham Common. We think they make a terrific present.

If you would like to purchase the cards, please drop a note to the Friends of Mitcham Common email or call 07944 833 605 with the details of the cards that you would like to buy.

Prices are £1.50 per card, or £5.00 for 4. If you purchase 4, you can choose any combination of designs shown below. We can then arrange how we will collect payment and deliver the card(s) to you.


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