Anti-social behaviour: late-night noisy events


There have been concerns recently at a number of late-night noisy events and parties on the Common, and other antisocial behaviour. We understand that the police are aware of this and are taking action.

If anyone witnesses antisocial behaviour of any kind please report it to the Metropolitan Police Service by calling 101.  If it feels like the situation could get heated or violent very soon, if someone is in immediate danger, or if a person needs support right away, please call 999.

FOTC ‘photo of the month’ competition

Friends of Tooting Common are starting a ‘photo of the month’ competition for Tooting Common. The arrangements are:

  • The photo can be of any aspect of Tooting Common, particularly one which brings out its distinctive character.
  • It can include people, but any photo which includes children should be from a distance and not identify faces.
  • The photo should be taken during the month in question and should be emailed by the last day of the month, to fotcinformation@gmail.com. (Please entitle the email “Photo of the month”.)
  • No-one can submit more than 5 photos for any month.
  • We will announce the winner early in the next month. The prize will be a copy of the hand-drawn (Joanna Canessa) map of Tooting Common.
  • The competition is open to everyone.

We are starting the competition from this month, so please submit your photo(s) by Tuesday 30 June, as above!

‘Stag weekend’: Stagbeetles are in decline

The weekend of 5 to 7 June was designated ‘Stag weekend’ to celebrate and save threatened stagbeetles, which are in decline as a species. You like see further information on this on the People’s Trust for Endangered Species website – ptes.org/campaigns/stag-beetles-2/

Ecological impact on wildlife of current use of greenspaces

Valerie Selby (Parks Development and Biodiversity Manager at Enable) has written this very interesting article on the ecological impacts on wildlife of the current increased use of greenspaces in Wandsworth, including Tooting Common.

Among other things, Valerie refers (in the final paragraph) to the “30 days Wild” challenge from the Wildlife Trusts in June: https://www.wildlondon.org.uk/news/30-days-wild.   You may like to consider participating in this.

FOTC Virtual Fun Dog Show 2020

Friends of Tooting Common have not been able to run our usual annual Fun Dog Show on Tooting Common this year, because of coronavirus. Instead, we have run a ‘virtual’ Fun Dog Show, which we broadcast on Sunday 17 May. It was a very enjoyable event, with a total of about 120 entrants across seven classes – Best puppy; Best rescue dog; Best looking hound; Best looking bitch; Best veteran; Best trick or action video; Dog that looks most like its owner.

A report on the Show – which lists the winners in each of the classes (with photos) is here:

The Show itself is here – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-esB9nb8cs 

Many thanks to everyone involved, particularly our judges: Councillor Jane Cooper (Mayor of Wandsworth); Mark Callis (of the Wandsworth Council Animal Welfare Service); Jacqueline Said (of Dogs of Tooting Common Facebook Group); Tim and Sally (of Downtown Woof); Matthew Billson (of the Tooting Commons MAC); Nick Heath (broadcaster and sports commentator); and Constable Selina Hill of the Wandsworth Parks PoliceThe virtual Fun Dog Show has been fundraising for the St George’s Hospital Charity’s Coronavirus Appeal. We’ve raised over £450 so far. We would welcome any further donations, at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fotcdogshow2020virtual

We hope it might be possible to run an ‘actual’ Fun Dog Show on the Common later in the year, but this will of course depend on developments on coronavirus.

Stay safe and well!

Tooting Common: “Virtual” bluebell walk

In most years, around the end of April Friends of Tooting Common arrange a walk to see the bluebells in Graveney Woods. This walk isn’t possible this year in the current circumstances: but with the photos at link below – which are of both Spanish and English bluebells – one can do a “virtual” walk: 

Bluebells Graveney Woods

Many thanks to Leonie (Cooper) for these.

Stay safe and well.

Friends of Tooting Common

Tooting Common in May/June

Tooting Common has been looking particularly good recently, despite the current circumstances. A number of people have been posting photos on the FoTC Facebook page, particularly of trees and plants.

A set of photos and posts, from over the last few weeks, is at this link:  FOTC-May/June2020

Many thanks to all of the photographers, and particularly to Roy (Vickery) for his very informative posts, and for sharing his botanical expertise with us.  Many thanks also to Eamonn (Richardson) for drawing these photos together.

We will aim to produce a similar ‘compendium’ of photos and posts every few weeks. 

Alongside circulating these photos, we are also introducing a ‘photo of the month’ competition. See separate blog post on this.

Stay well and safe

FOTC comments on Triangle planning application

Reflecting our consideration of the application, and following consultation with our members, Friends of Tooting Common have not either supported or objected to the application for development of the Triangle site overall.  We recognise that there are a number of welcome benefits to the plans, but there are also significant concerns about the impact on the Common and some users, if planning conditions/mitigants are not applied.

We therefore indicated, in the comments we made, as below, that if was decided to approve the application, a number of conditions should be added, including free access by schools to the redgra pitch when enclosed; reduced charges for the “play and stay” facilities; measures to ensure that noise from the site is kept to a reasonable minimum; and measures to ensure that the adjacent children’s playground can remain fully in operation, safely, throughout the building work.  

The application has now been approved by Wandsworth Council’s Planning Applications Committee.   FOTC are very disappointed that these additional conditions we proposed have not been added, nor were they considered at the PAC meeting.   We will seek to engage with further consideration of the operational arrangements for the development, to try to ensure that these concerns are covered there.