Bandstand Beds is a volunteer-led community gardening project on the Common, engaging with the public to share horticultural skills and knowledge, and growing food to further social, economic and environmental wellbeing. The group works in partnership with CCMAC to organise events such as Common People and ecological projects like the Colour Your Common wildflower meadow.
Fionnuala Barrett, Marion Vray and Sarah Yandell share responsibilities as the representatives for the group.
Cllr. Linda Bray
Linda has lived in Clapham for over 30 years and is a local councillor for Clapham Town ward. She visits the Common most days with her dog. Her mission is to preserve the Common as a green and peaceful haven for community use and to make sure it receives its fair share of parks investment in Lambeth.
Cllr. Tim Briggs
Tim has lived off Clapham Common for 20 years and is the former Leader of the Opposition of Lambeth, and a Conservative councillor in Clapham Common ward. His mission is to preserve the Common as a green and peaceful haven for community use, to continue to argue for Lambeth to spend more on amenities, and to get a correct balance between large outdoor events on the Common and the needs of residents using it.
Clapham Society – Andrew Summers
Andrew Summers represents the Clapham Society. Andrew has lived in and around Clapham for almost 20 years and is passionate about the neighbourhood’s amenities and cleanliness, and appeal as both a place to visit and to live. He is also very keen to preserve and enhance our open spaces, in particular Clapham Common.
as chairperson of Bandstand Beds – a community crop-growing project.
Adrian Darley – Treasurer
Adrian has lived near Clapham Common for 26 years and has always been an active user of much of what it has to offer . He can regularly be seen running or in the cricket nets with his children and also enjoys fishing on Eagle and Mount ponds a few times a year. He has been a volunteer coach for local hockey club London Wayfarers for five years and has watched his children playing school sport on the Common since they were at nursery. He is also very interested in nature and gets a lot of pleasure in spotting the occasional woodpecker or sparrowhawk on the Common.
Friends of Clapham Common – Gareth James
Gareth is a landscape designer and plantsman currently working in London and the Home Counties. He has 25 years of horticultural experience and in addition to his work with private clients, has created sensory gardens for schools and planned large estate projects in the UK, Italy and France.
Gareth lives in Balham and has been actively involved in urban tree-planting projects with the borough council. He is passionate about ecology, nature conservation and sustainable management practice. He is committed to improving biodiversity on the Common by regenerating the woodlands, reintroducing scrubland and rewilding its ecological core.
Cllr. Nigel Haselden
Nigel was elected in Clapham Town Ward. Nigel feels lucky to have lived by Clapham Common for nearly 40 years. He has been a member of CCMAC as a community representative and a councillor and is chair of governors at Clapham Manor Primary School. He knows the value such a fine green space has for the wellbeing of the whole community and especially its young people. Nigel is committed to attracting resources to enhance the Common and sustain the priceless importance it holds for so many people.
Manager, This is Clapham, Business Improvement District.
Simon Millson – Chair
Simon is a long-time Clapham resident. He believes the Common is a valuable green, open space and a great asset for the local community and through sustainable management and wise use should continue to bring pleasure and joy to a wide cross section of people. He is committed to maintaining the Common as an historical landmark in London.
Shelagh Muchmore – Secretary
Shelagh Muchmore has lived near Clapham Common for 23 years and has enjoyed the many benefits that this open green space has to offer. She believes that there is no better place for children to learn how to ride a bike, take her dog for his daily walk, to exercise or simply to meet friends. As a local resident, mother and dog owner she is passionate that both the recreational and environmental uses of the Common are managed in a way that benefits the community whilst protecting and developing the natural habitat.
Helen has lived in Clapham for 30 years and has a long involvement with CCMAC. Her ambition is to see the CCMAC finally established as the full partner with Lambeth in the management and protection of the Common. Recently retired from Lambeth Council, she has a continued interest in the value of the Common as both an educational and activity resource for the young.
Cllr. Joanna Reynolds
Joanna is one of three Councillors for Clapham Common ward.
Krishna is a forty-years plus resident of Nightingale Lane. After local schooling and graduating from Middlesex University he worked in investment research, and other London-based work until 2008. After unemployment, in 2011 he took up self-employment as a tennis coach at Clapham Common Westside. More recently since 2016, he volunteered initially as treasurer for the Friends of Clapham Common. Among his varied interests are reading classic literature and hiking in the Lake District and Cairngorms in Scotland. Krishna is passionate about Clapham Common and is keen to help its conserve to higher standards.
Cllr. Sonia Winifred – President
Sonia is the elected member for Knight’s Hill Ward. She is the Cabinet member who holds responsibility for Equalities and Culture. She is the President of the Clapham Common Management Advisory Committee and has the political overview for Lambeth’s Parks, Commons and Open Spaces.