Grant applications for information signs and benches

In 2019 we applied for a grant to perform a much-needed ecological survey of the Common which will be used to direct our efforts on future projects.

We also applied for funds to install metal information panels in the Common to provide details of the ecology and history of the site. These have now been installed on the common, for all members of the public to learn about this wonderful green space.

Many thanks to the Greenwich Neighbourhood Growth Fund for accepting our application and making this project possible!

marsh lily on woolwich common

Wildlife Audits

Do you have any expertise in recognising and auditing our flora and fauna, and have some time to help us on the Common? If so, get in contact!

In 2021-22, Denis Vickers, Consultant Ecologist, was commissioned to produce a Habitat Map & Species list along with a Ecological Survey and Management Plan – both available to read from our downloads page.

John Denton has kindly completed a tree audit, which is available from our downloads page.

Campaign for the closure of Circular Way

Fly tipping has become an almost nightly problem on the lower parts of the common which are easily accessed from Circular Way. Vans are able to quickly dump hazardous waste including sharp material, chemicals and asbestos over areas of the common used daily by commuters, walkers, dog owners and by families taking their children to the nursery.

Circular Way is already a no-through road and traffic flow in the area would not be affected at all if it was blocked off. Indeed, blocking off Circular Way would save countless resources and time from the council waste services, the MoD and the Friends of Woolwich Common volunteers who all strive to clean up the common against the ever increasing odds. Residents want a clean common which they can use safely and be proud of.

The common is an example of acid grassland which is rare in London and under threat nationally. The grassland provides the right conditions for a very wide range of insects, birds and plants, including some which are very rare. This simple step would make all the difference to protecting the common.

You can sign the petition for the closure of Circular Way here

Update: Greenwich Council’s Highways Committee chaired by Aidan Smith recommended an experimental closure of Circular Way at Ha Ha Road.

Update October 2019: Greenwich Council have now closed Circular Way to traffic!

Survey of cars on Circular Way
Survey of cars on Circular Way
Barrier closing Circular Way to traffic
Barrier closing Circular Way to traffic
Barrier closing Circular Way to traffic
Barrier closing Circular Way to traffic
art - a day in the life - fowc

ArtFix – A Day in the Life – Litter transformed as Art!

Woolwich based art workshop / venue / cafe: artFix worked with members of the Friends of Woolich Common to transform unsightly litter collected during our monthly litter-picks into art, a fantastic sculture that was displayed to the public at the Woolwich Centre.