Update on Wimbledon and Putney Commons National Lottery Heritage Grant Award


As part of our "Commons for the Next Generation, Green Space for All’ National Lottery Heritage Fund project, there is now an opportunity for you to give your views on the Commons and any changes or improvements you think would benefit the Commons and its visitors

When: Friday 28th February and Saturday 29th February
Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm
Where: Windmill Car Park area and the Ranger’s Compound at Putney Lower Common

Background - Back in November 2019, we were delighted to announce that Wimbledon and Putney Commons Conservators, in partnership with Wimbledon Windmill Museum, had received a £126,100 grant from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for an exciting heritage project: ‘Commons for the Next Generation; Green Space for All’.

This project is not about delivering physical changes to the Commons, it is about understanding the challenges so that decisions about future investment can be made in an informed way, always recognising the need to retain the natural aspect of the Commons, which is its most treasured attribute. The award will enable work to be undertaken to better understand the challenges the Commons face as it approaches the 150th anniversary of the passing of the Wimbledon and Putney Commons Act in 1871 that brought the Conservators into being and saved the Commons for public use.

Working with the highly regarded cultural consultancy firm, Barker Langham, a new masterplan for the Commons will be developed which will include a strategy to improve the financial resilience of Wimbledon and Putney Commons. The creation of a masterplan for the Commons will set out how the landscape and buildings relate to one another, looking at signage, education, volunteering, visitor facilities and landscape management. The masterplan will be supported by a series of other documents, including a Conservation Management Plan, Audience Development Strategy and a Volunteer Development Plan.