Calling all schools to help celebrate the saving of Wandsworth Common

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Calling all schools to help celebrate the saving of Wandsworth Common

Postby Anna at Friends of Wandsworth Common » Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:29 am

This year Wandsworth Common is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Act which saved it for future generations!

We want to take this opportunity to raise awareness, understanding and appreciation of the Common, and as such, get as many local schools involved as possible.

What are our plans?
  • Tree planting (we’re planting at least 150 across the Common this year and aim for more in the future)
  • May – publication of our book ‘The Wandsworth Common Story’ describing the colourful history of the Common and the battle to save it (150 articles about people, places and objects)
  • Schools pack which includes
  1. A short explanation of the anniversary
  2. Timeline of the history of the Common
  3. A short biography of John Buckmaster – heralded as the man who saved Wandsworth Common
  • Celebrations on the Common (culminating in July, Covid19 rules permitting)
  • A series of nature and heritage walks and talks, available via Friends of Wandsworth Common
How can you get involved?
  • Use our schools’ history pack to aid your curriculum
  • Help promote our book in your newsletters or social media
  • Donate directly, or encourage your families to donate, to our tree planting fund
  • Encourage staff and families to join Friends of Wandsworth Common
  • Do you have a choir? We have specially written music hall songs about the Common you can perform
  • Want to hold an 1871 style sports day?
 
Next steps:

Please pass this information on to anyone in your school (staff or PTA) that may be interested.
Message me with any questions that you have, or interest in any of the activities. Let me know who the best point of contact is for any further communication.
I can email the schools pack straight out.
Take a look at our website for more information or to become a member.
We have had some great responses from local schools, but still many more to hear from.
 

Longer term we hope to create closer ties with our local schools, to aid your curriculum as well as enjoyment and appreciation of the Common. We would like to provide support in the areas of biodiversity (incl. how to support the Common at school and at home), conservation and recreation. We would love to hear any ideas you have about how we can do this and what resources or contacts you would require.

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