Help preserve Tooting Common

Published: 16 December 2014

Passionate about Tooting Common? You could help record its wildlife and protect its future.

The Tooting Common Heritage Project is looking for volunteers to help it find out more about the wildlife of the common, research its history and survey its many trees.

It will be offering training and guidance to anyone who can commit an hour or so on a regular basis and has an interest in helping us to survey the animals, insects and bird species that live on the common.

The council set up the Tooting Common Heritage Project following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims to breathe new life into habitats and boost bio-diversity

As well as historical, research and archival work with volunteers, it will also draw up proposals on the restoration and conservation of heritage features like the 1930s drinking fountain, its tree avenues and a fossilised tree stump.

As part of the project Groundwork will be delivering Employment, Skills and Learning (ESL) training, providing conservation and horticultural skills to local unemployed people.

Another important element will involve drawing up feasibility plans in partnership with the South London Swimming Club to enhance and conserve the historical features of the world famous Tooting Bec Lido, and also working with the Woodfield Project to refurbish the pavilion on Woodfield Recreation Ground, bringing it back into community use.

The scheme will link closely with the Tooting Common Management Advisory Committee and the Friends of Tooting Common plus other local groups who have a shared interest in preserving and protecting the 220- acre open space, ranked by the GLA as a Site of Metropolitan Importance.  

Find out more about the project.

If you are interested in volunteering or taking part in the ESL scheme contact