Working closely with London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, we oversee the stewardship of Barnes Common and Leg o’ Mutton Local Nature Reserves, and Vine Road Recreation Ground.

The Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC) formed in 1992 and has been a not-for-profit, limited liability company with charitable status since April 2015. It is heavily involved in conservation, community and education engagement. Vine Road Recreation Ground is currently in the consultation phase of a proposed major enhancement of the site.

Today, the charity is overseen by a Board of Directors and Management Committee. We have an active, growing membership, many of whom are part of our dedicated and invaluable team of volunteers.


Will Dartnell is our Conservation Manager. He is responsible for overseeing the conservation and stewardship of Barnes Common and Leg o’ Mutton local nature reserves. Will works full-time and joined FoBC in 2017.

Will Scott-Mends is our Conservation Officer and assists Will in all areas of conservation work. He also shares updates about conservation work via the Barnes Common instagram page. Will works full-time and  joined FoBC in 2019.

Jackie Marie is our Development and Communications Manager. She is responsible for overseeing the development of our projects and coordinating our communication network. Jackie works part-time and joined FoBC in 2020.

Bori Kiss joined FoBC in autumn 2021 and she is FoBC’s Website and Social Media Officer. She is responsible for updating this website, sharing our news and events on our social media platforms, and sending out our monthly newsletter.

Paddy Hayes joined FoBC at the same time as Bori and is taking on FoBC’s educational remit as our Education and Outdoor Learning Officer. This will focus particularly on Outdoor Learning, which we hope will provide a really exciting way of engaging with all ages of the local community and help to promote what FoBC does. Paddy currently works two days a week with his remaining time spent at the Creekside Discovery Centre at Deptford where he is often to be found ‘mudlarking’!

Tarun Ingvorsen joined FoBC at the start of 2022 as our Project Manager for the Defra / EA flood resilience scheme where FoBC is a partner alongside the Wetlands Trust and Richmond Council. Tarun has a wealth of experience regarding rivers, wetlands and flooding including being part of Derbyshire Wildlife Trust’s recent beaver reintroduction. He will no doubt be able to make a great contribution to this project.

Eliza Daeschler joined at the same time as Tarun and she is FoBC’s Project Officer. While she will initially be helping with various tasks including the flood resilience scheme, she has a background in setting up and running parks in America and will ultimately be taking on the project management for the Vine Road project once we have the green light for this.

Related Links:

Friends of Barnes Common (FoBC)
Vine Road Pavilion
Vine Road
Barnes SW13 0NE

The Friends of Barnes Common (VAT No 197432967) is a registered charity (No 1153079) and a company limited by guarantee registered in England & Wales (No 08348124).

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