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🎄 Pictured is our (g)litter tree at this year's St Mary Magdalene Christmas Tree Festival (look closely!!) 🎄
Seasons Greetings to all our Friends
🎄🎅🎄🦌🎄🎅🎄🦌🎄🎅🎄🦌🎄🎅🎄

Thank you for your support and help during the Common's anniversary year.
It's amazing what we've achieved together


Here's a well known carol, but with slightly different words!

12 baggers bagging 🦢🦆
11 litter pickers 🚯🚯
10 walks by birders 🚶‍♀️🦅🚶‍♂️🦜
9 species planted 🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳🌳
8 bins recycling 🗑♻️🗑♻️🗑♻️🗑♻️
7 history zoom talks 🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣🗣
6 hundred members 🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️
 1-five-0 years (150) 🥂🥳
4 swans afloat 🦢🦢🦢🦢
3 awards won 🏆🏆🏆
2 drinking fountains ⛲️⛲️
And the Wandsworth Common Story 📖
🌳🦢🚯🌼 🥂♻️🏆📖🙋🏼‍♂️🙋🏼‍♀️🦜🦅
🦢🦢 SWAN LAKE (rather than the Nutcracker🦢🦢
Having got used to no swans for too long, we had four for several days this week. Remember the two cygnets that flew in in early November? They didn't stay long, so we were pleased when two adults took up residence in early December. Then on Monday, two more adults arrived, much to the annoyance of the residents. Swans can be aggressive and the two incumbents defended their territory tenaciously. At one point they kept the two new arrivals on land, which is very dangerous for them as they are then more vulnerable to unleashed dogs (the byelaws state that dogs must be on a lead near the lake and certainly shouldn't go in the lake). Local wildlife rescuer Ann Davies decided that urgent action was needed and courageously captured and re-homed the new arrivals.
The photographs - courtesy of Lewis More O'Ferrall who has kept a keen eye on developments - show the new residents serene on the lake at dawn, the stand off earlier in the week, Ann with one of the captured swans, and the two 'intruders' in their new home. We wish both pairs a happy life together, especially our new pair.
Some of you will already have seen our article about 'The Writing of the Wandsworth Common Story'. It's in the Wandsworth Society's annual 'Bedside' publication - always a good read and especially so this year. Those of you who have read the book may be interested in the background to its writing.
🌳🌳 TREE PLANTING 🌳🌳
As you walk around the Common, you may notice large white painted spots on the ground. These are where this season's new trees will be planted. The final list from Enable has a total of 39 trees, around 30 of them financed by those of you who donated to our anniversary tree planting, which raised over £12k. There are some less commonly planted ones - London plane, grey alder and a couple of crab apples. We hope to be able to invite some of you to watch the planting in coming months, though there won't always be much notice. The MAC meanwhile are financing several areas of new hedging and shrubs and the Friends will be asking for volunteers to help plant them in late Jan/early Feb. Watch out for details 

January dates
Sun Jan 2nd 10am: Trevor's traditional 'Walk off the Wine' New Year's walk. See all 12 parts of the Common; 10,000 steps guaranteed; 4 miles in about 2 hours. A bit of heritage and nature thrown in for good measure. Meet opposite Chez Bruce.

Tue 18th 7pm: Zoom, 'Magical Mystery Tour' of the Common's heritage. More fascinating stories uncovered by Philip Boys, historical advisor to the Wandsworth Common Story. Zoom link to be circulated nearer the time.

Two events for the Big Garden Birdwatch on the Common. Registration nearer the time as numbers will be limited
Fri 28th 10am: Small group led by Barbara Littlechild 
Sun 30th 9am: Small group led by Nick Rutter

The Birds of Wandsworth and Tooting Commons
2022 will see the publication of local birder Peter White's magnum opus based on his many years of local observations. He's finished writing, but it's all in long hand, so we're looking for volunteers who could help him type it up. We're also investigating handwriting recognition software. Let us know if you'd be interested typing up some of Peter's text and we'll put you in touch with Enable.
🎅 HAVE A GOOD CHRISTMAS 🎅
With apologies to the festively dressed John C Buckmaster (below) - the man who saved Wandsworth Common in 1871. A suitably cheery end to our amazing anniversary year.
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