NEW BOOK ABOUT THE COMMON - Wimbledon Common, 100 Years of Change
Covering an area of 460 hectares (1,140 acres), the natural landscape that makes up the Wimbledon & Putney Commons provides a perfect escape from the busy surrounding urban environment.
Wimbledon Society Museum Press has just published a brand new illustrated book about the Common: Wimbledon Common, 100 Years of Change looks at the evolution and development of the flora and fauna of the Common over the past century. It mark s the 100 th anniversary of the publication of Walter Johnson's Wimbledon Common; its Geology, Antiquities and Natural History , which remained the leading guide to the natural environment of the Common for nearly ninety years.
The book has been written by one serving Conservator, and two former Conservators, together with the Commons' Wildlife and Conservation Officer and the ornithologist who produces the annual Commons' Bird Report. It has chapters on the flowers and trees, insects, birds, fish and mammals to be seen by Commons users today and looks at the changes since Johnson's day . There is also a fascinating chapter on the activities of the Conservators and the Keepers, and the work they do to keep this natural resource in its wild state, with a copy of the 1911 map of the Common as Walter Johnson would have explored it.
Derek Frampton, Conservator and co-author comments: “We are delighted to be publishing this book with the Museum of Wimbledon . Walter Johnson's book of 1912 represents in many ways a world we have lost; we have to make an effort to visualise Beverley Vale without the by-pass, the housing and the playing fields, but much else has been retained and some of it would even be recognisable to Johnson today. The readers of this new book will be part of a long line of enthusiasts who have valued and cared for the Common since it became protected by Act of Parliament in 1871. For the newcomer it will provide an introduction to the life of Wimbledon Common, and regular visitors can carry it with them on their walks to help them find and identify what is there and consider how it has evolved over the past century.”
The new book, with copious colour and black & white illustrations, is available at £5.99 from the museum or by mail order from the online bookshop on the museum website ( www.wimbledonmuseum.org.uk ) and from the Ranger's Office, Manor Cottage, Windmill Road, SW19 5NR ( email@example.com )
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