Barnes Common

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Barnes Common
Broom on Barnes Common - - 789503.jpg
Broom on Barnes Common
Type Common land
Location Barnes, London
Area 49.55 hectares (122.4 acres)
Open All year
Status Local Nature Reserve[1]

Barnes Common is common land in Barnes in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. It is situated in the south east of Barnes adjoining Putney Lower Common to the east and bounded to the south by the Upper Richmond Road.[2] Registered along with Barnes Green, it is one of the largest areas of common land in Greater London, with 49.55 hectares (122.4 acres) of protected commons.[3] It is also a Local Nature Reserve.[1] Its facilities include a full-size football pitch and a nature trail.[1]

The Common, which is made up of mixed broadleaf woodland, scrubland and acid grassland, is generally flat.[2]

The Common is owned by the Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral, acting through the Church Commissioners.[2] It is managed by the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames, which is advised and assisted by the Friends of Barnes Common.[1][4] The Friends organise volunteer work on the Common, campaign on issues that affect it and seek to enhance the biodiversity and amenity value for everyone's benefit.[2]


Barnes railway station is situated on the edge of Barnes Common. The Common is also served by London Buses routes 33, 72, 265 and 485.[2]

The Friends of Barnes Common
Friends of Barnes Common logo.jpg
Legal status Not-for-profit membership organisation[4]
Headquarters Barnes Common, Barnes, London SW13 0HT
Main organ
On the Common (newsletter)[5]
Affiliations affiliated to Barnes Community Association and associated with the South West London Environment Network[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "Barnes Common". Local Nature Reserves. Natural England. 28 February 2013. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "4.2. General information" (PDF). Barnes Common Management Plan 2009-14. London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. p. 11. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Common Land and the Commons Act 2006". Defra. 13 November 2012. Retrieved 3 February 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c "Home". Friends of Barnes Common. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  5. ^ "Threats to Barnes Common". Friends of Barnes Common. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 

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Coordinates: 51°28′13″N 0°14′13″W / 51.470154°N 0.237007°W / 51.470154; -0.237007