COVID-19 - Wimbledon and Putney Commons

With the lockdown ending and a return to Tier 2 restrictions, there a couple of changes that visitors should be aware of.  

Firstly, the horses that were put out to rest have returned to Wimbledon Village Stables and you can now expect to see groups of up to 6 horses on the horserides.  

Secondly, golf is back in play from today and visitors should take care if walking on the golf course and be aware of which direction play is coming from before walking on the fairways.

Visitor numbers continue to remain higher than average and weekends in particular are as busy as they were at the start of the pandemic and with the approaching holiday season, we fully expect visitor numbers to increase again.

For the safety and well-being of others, please follow the Government guidelines on meeting in outside places and do not visit the Commons if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, are awaiting a test result, are self-isolating for any reason, or are displaying symptoms of the virus (a new continuous cough, a high temperature or a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell).

Social Distancing

Social distancing measures have been mandated by government to reduce social interaction between people in order to limit the transmission of coronavirus.

For your own safety and well-being, please follow government guidelines in respect of social distancing and keep at least 2 metres (6’ 6”) between you and non-household or "bubble" members where possible, or 1 metre with risk mitigation (such as masks); this includes both other visitors to the Commons as well as members of our staff.  This is particularly important if you are running or cycling.

 

Update on Facilities

Commons' Car Parks

We intend, at present, that the car parks will remain open. Please note that all of our car parks have remained particularly busy over the summer and early autumn.  If we are overwhelmed by vehicles parking inappropriately, we may be forced to close the car parks. Therefore, we would ask visitors to find alternative means of getting to the Commons wherever possible. If, on arrival, the Windmill Car Park is full, please try one of our other car parks.

Car park opening times will be as follows:

Windmill Car Park                            7.00am to 5.00pm

REMPF Car Park                             8.00am to 4.00pm

Springwell Car Park                         7.00am to 5.30pm

Telegraph Car Park                          Dawn to dusk

Car parks are for use of visitors to the Commons only.

Toilet Facilities

Windmill car park toilets will remain open every day from day from 7.00am to 5.00pm.  Social distancing restrictions are in place and you are kindly asked to observe these.  The toilets are cleaned on a two-hourly basis.

REMPF toilets are open 8.00am to 3.30pm and are also cleaned on a two-hourly basis.

The Ranger’s Office

All our staff are working as normal but the Ranger’s Office will not be open to the public.  However, it will be manned between 9.00am and 5.00pm and staff are available if you need us in an emergency, or if you find a lost dog for example.  For out of hours emergencies please contact the Duty Officer on 020 8788 7655

Refreshments - Windmill Tea Rooms and London Scottish Golf Club

The Windmill Tea Rooms and the London Scottish Golf Club will be serving takeaway food only and will not provide any seating inside or outside.  The Tearooms will operate during their normal day time hours. The London Scottish Golf Club will open from 8.30am to 11.30am. Please ensure you dispose of take away food containers or coffee cups responsibly, either in bins provided or take them home.

Horses

Wimbledon Village Stables are now back up to a full complement of horses so you can expect to see groups of up to 6 horses and riders.  Please take care if walking near the horse rides and to be aware that you might come across horses, particularly if you have dogs and/or young children with you.

Cycling

Please ensure that you keep to the permitted cycle paths, keep your speed down and keep your distance from other visitors. Be prepared to slow down or stop to allow others to safely pass by if necessary.  Use your bell to let people know you are behind them so they can move to the side to let you pass.

Running

Runners are asked to keep their distance from other visitors and be prepared to slow down or stop to allow others to pass if necessary.

Golf

Golf play has returned from 2nd December and visitors should take care if walking on the golf course. Please continue to respect the hard work of the greenkeepers and keep off the tees and greens to prevent them from being damaged.

Bins/Rubbish

With the likely increase in visitors, there will be an increase in the amount of rubbish.  Please help us to keep the Commons clean and tidy at all times. Take your rubbish home with you wherever possible, and particularly if bins are full.  

Please do not leave your litter at the side of the bins; it not only presents a risk to wildlife that lives on the Common, but also presents a health risk to other visitors.  It also doubles the amount of clearing-up our staff have to do when it has been attacked by crows and foxes.

Benches

All benches are available but they are not sanitised and, in order to maintain social distancing, you should only use a bench with other members of your household or bubble.

Walking Dogs on the Commons

There are no changes to dog-walking on the Commons.  We strongly advise* that dogs be on a lead between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Outside of these times, dogs may be off-lead.  Please pick up after your dogs and remember that no more than four dogs are permitted in any one group.

*What do we mean by “strongly advise”? This means that we ask you to take responsibility for ensuring that your dog remains under proper control at all times and that you are able to recall your dog if the situation demands it. If you cannot guarantee this, then please keep your dog on a lead. Given the significantly increased visitor numbers we are experiencing, this is particularly important if you are walking when, or where, it is busy.

Please respect all our visitors - some people are frightened of dogs, may be vulnerable and at risk of being injured if knocked over, or simply don’t want to be approached by a wet muddy dog. In accordance with our byelaws, our staff may ask you to put your dog on a lead to prevent it from causing a nuisance or in any way endangering other visitors.

Byelaws

Despite the alien environment in which we find ourselves, our byelaws are still very much in effect and are enforced by our Keepers.  The byelaws protect the Commons, our flora and fauna, as well as the safety of our visitors and set out exactly what is and isn’t permitted.  Upholding law and order during these difficult times is of paramount importance and is a responsibility that our staff take seriously.

In addition to what has already been mentioned, we would also draw your attention to the following:

  • Do not light barbeques or any form of fire. The ground may be wet but fires may still spread rapidly.
  • Do not fly any drones or model aircraft.

We thank everyone for using the Commons responsibly.

Thank you.

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