Copyright © Southampton Common Forum - 2018


The Common is the heart of lungs of Southampton; some 330 acres of “open” space within the City providing recreational, sporting, and play facilities for City residents, as well as being an important walking and cycling route within the western half of the City. It means many different things to many different people.

Who we are: In February 2016, local resident associations adjacent to the Common and allied local groups with a historical interest in The Common joined forces to establish a community voice to represent all Common users. From that the Southampton Common Forum developed and was formally constituted in January 2017.

Our aim: To be a focal point for issues affecting The Common for everyone who uses, enjoys or appreciates it.

Our objectives:

1. To see that all those with an interest are informed of any issues that may affect The Common.

2. To give all those with an interest a means of influencing and contributing to those issues.

3. To work alongside Southampton City Council, to contribute towards the positive management of The Common

4. To raise awareness of The Common and its benefits to the City.

5. To take any other appropriate action consistent with the aim of the Forum.

A community voice: we can only succeed in these tasks  through wide engagement with all groups of Common users and understanding your needs and wishes. We can only do this if you, in turn, engage with us, helping us to develop management plans, to work with and lobby Council and to be involved in helping maintain the Common in partnership with Council; ensuring that the Common is both protected for current and future generations and managed to appropriately meet those needs.

So please get involved, join us, follow us on facebook and participate in our meetings and activities (more).

“Your Common - Your Say”


Public Open Meeting and inaugural AGM

Our public open meeting and inaugural AGM were held on 24th April 2018 at the Holiday Inn, Southampton.  Find out more here.

 2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Details of our new volunteer programme and online sign up system can be found here.

Join us

Individual member registration form

Group registration form

Other  News

2017 Common User Survey

Our online survey of Common user’s opinions has now been published. For the latest updates see here.

SCF Open Meeting December 2017

View the presentation

Read the minutes

Other Survey data

For more  News and Events see here.


NEW: April 2018 - Strategic Plan for The Common

The Southampton Common Forum is delighted to announce the completion of the final draft of our a proposed new Strategic Plan for The Common which we have been developing in partnership with Southampton City Council. This final draft has incorporated feedback from our online “early view in March 2018.  The final draft will be subject to a formal consultation by Council in a few months time. The final draft is available here (direct pdf download here) and the anonymised feedback from the online consultation on the early view here.