Taking care of Barnes Common, the Vine Road Recreation Ground and the Leg-o-Mutton reservoir, requires well over £100,000 funding per year.
While these valuable green and open spaces are used by thousands of visitors each year, many looking to find some peace in our increasingly busy city, they are also home to a wealth of animals and plants. In particular, we are lucky to have an internationally rare habitat – lowland acid grassland – plus 4,000 trees that are doing their best to absorb particulate matter and carbon dioxide.
Maintaining a balance with nature in such a pressurised urban environment is an ongoing challenge requiring time, money, expertise and sensitive management.
Although part of our funding is covered by the Council, it is only through the generosity of our members and supporters that we are able to sustain this work and to be able to offer such a wide range of events and activities. These include increasing opportunities for those with special needs, promoting ideas for outdoor learning for all ages, expanding our horticultural activities and providing vital species monitoring in our conservation work.
If you would like to help us not only safeguard our wildlife but also continue providing enjoyment and inspiration for the Common’s users, we would love to hear from you! There are all sorts of ways you can help so please do get in touch to find out more.