NEW Next SCF Open Meeting: this will take place at 19.30 on 4th July at Richard Taunton Sixth Form College on Hill Lane. More information to follow.

NEW SCF Hawthorns Consultation Workshops: two public discussion workshops to consider possible future options for the Hawthorns Urban Wildlife Centre will take place at the Hawthorns itself at 19.30 – 21.30 on 2nd May and 10.00 - 12.00 on 4th May. Each workshop will include an introductory tour of the Hawthorns site. Please come along and share your views as well as encouraging others to participate. More information to follow

Common Sense has published the latest version of its Action Plan for Little Common and dates of future working parties. These practical conservation efforts for all ages, strengths and abilities help to maintain open areas of Little Common and promote biodiversity.

Working party dates

Saturdays, 10.00-13.00

2017: 30 Sep, 21 Oct, 25 Nov, 09 Dec

2018: 13 Jan, 27 Jan, 24 Feb, 10 Mar, 24 Mar

Wednesdays, 13.00-16.00

2017: 04 Oct, 18 Oct, 22 Nov, 13 Dec

2018: 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 07 Mar, 21 Mar

Meet opposite end of Omdurman Road – bring your own gloves, eye protectors and tools if possible - some will be available.

March - April 2017 - Council is patching some of the tarmac paths on The Common.

January 2017 - Council has shared a list of the major events happening on The Common during 2017.

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.

Copyright © Southampton Common Forum - 2017

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.


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.


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.