The Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) was formed in 1992 and became a not-for-profit, limited liability company with charitable status in April 2015. Today, we have a wider and more active role in overseeing the conservation of Barnes Common. We continue to work closely with Richmond Council, environmental and emergency service teams on conservation management and wider related issues including planning applications, biodiversity policy, fly-tipping, homelessness and outdoor learning.
Since 2015, we have employed two part-time members of staff: a Conservation Manager and an Outdoor Learning Manager. Our Management Plan was reviewed and updated in 2018 and in early 2019 a further review identified an increasing workload and the need for assistance from additional part time staff. Our aims remain conservation, education and community engagement.
Today, the charity is overseen by a Board of Directors and Management Committee. We have an active and growing membership, as well as a dedicated and invaluable team of volunteers.
Conservation work continues in the form of maintaining and extending nationally scarce Lowland Acid Grassland, a wild bees project and species monitoring. Our increasing collaboration with external partners on projects includes the restoration of Beverley Brook and a Community Orchard and considerable time is spent removing litter and regularly emptying bins. In 2018, the much-needed refurbishment of Vine Road Pavilion was completed, along with the installation of a new polytunnel that enables us to extend our community activities as well as the growing season.
We work toward a SLOWER approach to all our outdoor learning activities and events: Sustainable, Local, Organic, Working together, Environmental and Reducing/Reusing/Recycling