In fact, Wimbledon Common is a public open area, comprising 460 hectares of naturally-kept open land. It includes heath, woodland, streams and 9 ponds, intended for recreational use and for the protection of flora and wildlife. Being a site of special scientific interest the common is protected under a EC directive as a Special Area of Conservation.
Accordingly, the Common is open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Also there are footpaths, bridle ways, and cycle paths covering the uncultivated land which also includes bogs, scrub-land and ditches, providing a site for wildlife and fauna to flourish. In addition, the open space is ideal for families, dog walkers, cyclists, ramblers, horse riders. Also it is excellent for those who are just seeking peaceful countryside within London.
In addition, there is a museum with a car park and tea room. As well as toilet facilities and even a golf course. The London Scottish Golf Club was formed in 1865. It was by volunteers of the Scottish Rifles who were stationed at the common and created the first course, now the oldest continually played golf course in England and Wales – the course predating even the common itself.
Especially, for those interested in ancient history, on the south side of the common The Iron Age fort, a site of historical interest now known as Caesars Camp. There are opportunities to get involved in environmental conservation or organised walks to support health and well being, as well as regular talks and other events.
The common is protected by the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act of 1871 which prevents it from being built upon or enclosed, having been saved by local residents against Earl Spencer who owned Wimbledon Manor, and in 1864 tried to confiscate the land it for his own use. The common remains secured for the benefit of and recreational use by the general public.
This blog is managed by one of the team of the Local Plumbing Wimbledon Company.
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