Fundraising Appeal

Wildlife Garden Appeal
Target: £20,000


What are we fundraising for?

Following on from the success of our 2017 “Access for All” Appeal to restore the Inner Windmill Road, this year we are launching a new appeal for the creation of a Wildlife Garden in front of the Ranger's Office, near to the Information Centre.  The work marks the start of the enhancement of the area to make it more appealing to visitors.  

What are the objectives?

Continuing the Access for All theme, the wildlife garden has three main objectives:

Firstly, it will provide a space that represents all the different habitat areas of the Commons so that visitors who perhaps aren’t able to get around the Common can sit and enjoy a snapshot in one place.

Secondly it will provide a small but important education facility for our younger visitors to see the wildlife that is attracted to the garden, learn about the flowers and plants, or even try their hand at pond dipping.

Last, but certainly not least, the garden will provide a living memorial to Dave Wills, a local bird expert who devoted a lot of his time studying the Commons’ bird life and produced the annual Commons Bird Report for over 40 years - part of the garden will provide a space for people to sit and relax or reflect and watch the birds at the nearby bird feeders.

Dave spent hours on the Commons studying our bird life and was involved in producing our annual Commons Bird Report for over 40 years.   We want to mark the very significant impact his study of our bird life had on improving our understanding and knowledge of the Commons.  Therefore, part of the garden will provide a space for people to sit and relax or reflect and watch the birds that will arrive at the nearby bird feeders.

This Appeal will help make the area around the Windmill Complex more attractive for visitors and provide a spot to sit and contemplate.

What is the plan?

The work is a fairly major undertaking.  The largest part of the project is the installation of a pond to attract  invertebrates and amphibians - not only because they need all the help they can get, but also as an education facility. To feed the pond, and keep the water at the correct pH, we will only use rainwater  from the roof of the Ranger's Office which will be collected in an underground storage tank.

There will be two curved timber benches, one as part of the wall of the pond and the second which will have a memorial plaque to Dave Wills.  This will sit near the meadow area of the garden and will have bird feeders nearby.

Most of the plants and smaller trees will hopefully come from the Commons, but otherwise will be responsibly sourced from UK growers.   

Can you help us reach our target?

How to donate


You can donate via JustGiving.  If you are a taxpayer this will help us as we can automatically collect Gift Aid on your donation.  

By Bank Transfer to:

Barclays Bank Plc

Please use reference "Appeal2018"

By cheque or postal order:

You can also send a cheque (please write "Appeal2018" on the reverse) made payable to ‘WPCC’ to:

Ranger’s Office
Manor Cottage
Windmill Road
Wimbledon Common
Wimbledon SW19 5NR

Any funds raised over and above our target will be ring-fenced for further development of the Information Centre and the Terrapin Pond unless you specifically request that your donation be refunded if it is received after the target has been reached.


Gift Aid makes your support go even further; if you are a UK taxpayer, the Gift Aid Scheme allows us to reclaim a further 25p on every £1 you give us.  This boosts our income and doesn’t cost you anything.

Please pick up a Gift Aid Declaration form from the Ranger’s Office or download here