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NEWS AND EVENTS

February 2018 - 2018 volunteer programme - we have recently been awarded a Community Chest grant from Southampton City Council to enable us to run volunteer projects on The Common - the grant will allow us to arrange insurance and buy tools and equipment. We have agreed with Council an initial set of 4 practical projects that SCF -lead volunteer work parties can undertake on The Common during 2018. Find out more about the projects and how to sign up here.

January 2018 - monthly photo competition - we have launched a monthly photo competition to be run through our facebook page. Simply post your photos taken on The Common to the page and at the end of every month we will create an album of that month’s submissions and open voting by facebook “likes” for the following month. Each month’s favourite photo will feature on a downloadable calendar which we will produce at the end of the year.

January 2018 - Council has shared a list of the major events happening on The Common during 2018.

Common Sense has published the latest version of its Action Plan for Little Common . These practical conservation efforts for all ages, strengths and abilities help to maintain open areas of Little Common and promote its biodiversity. Working party dates for 2018 will be announced shortly


Please feel free to post on our facebook page if you are holding your own events on The Common, or if you have “lost and found” messages, especially for missing pets.

Other News and Events

parkrun - a free to enter timed 5K run on The Common happens every Saturday at 9:00. Currently it regularly attracts over 850 participants of all ages and abilities who walk or run the course.

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Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery hold regular walks and tours within the Old Cemetery in the South West corner of the Common with nature or history-inspired themes. Find out more here.

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On 11th February 2017, the House of Commons Select Committee on Communities and Local Government published its report on its enquiry into the state of the nations parks.

The report flagged up to Government the serious effect that cuts in local government spending were having on the state of the nation’s parks and the knock on adverse affect this was having on the delivery of core government policies especially those related to health.

Find out more about the enquiry here.

Read the submitted evidence here.

Download the final report here.

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