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

We’re preparing a birthday/anniversary calendar which you can use to keep a note of all those important dates that it’s so easy to forget. There will be a picture taken on the Common for each month, and plenty of space for every important date.

The calendar will be and A4 hanging calendar, folding down to A5. Price will be £10 including postage.

These will be ready in time for you to buy for Christmas. Get in touch now to reserve 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.

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

We’re planning a celebration of everything Janet did for Mitcham Common – and a celebration of the Common itself. We’d planned to hold it during this year, but have had to postpone due to Covid-19. The event will now take place next year. Keep checking back, or join our email list to be kept up to date about this an all things Mitcham Common!

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.

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