aBarnes Common


Barnes Common – Richmond-upon-Thames - TQ 417640 - 21 ha Tel: 01689 862815

Owned by the Church since the Middle Ages, the Common is managed by the local authority with advice and assistance from the Friends of Barnes Common. The Common supports one of the largest areas of acid grassland in London and offers excellent potential for heathland restoration works – adding to the two very small patches that presently survive. Early trial plots excited much interest and discussion.

The Common has a refreshingly wild character – especially in relation to its location – and informal access, recreation, sports and wildlife interests are managed well together. Importantly, efforts are made to discourage the dog fouling that damage heathland and acid grassland communities and Barnes Common features at least one flower species found nowhere else in London together with other rarities. A large number of bee, ant and wasp species amongst the range of invertebrates found here and you’re almost certain to catch the sound – if not the sight – of a Green Woodpecker.

Well developed paths provide easy access over the whole common.

Getting there

Rail: Barnes
Tube: Hammersmith, then buses 33 and 72 or Putney Bridge and bus 22 or 265
Bus: 22, 33, 72, 209, 265, 283, 337, 430, 485, 493
Foot: Beverly Brook Path


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