Latest tree survey completed

Every year as part of our statutory responsibilities we have to inspect trees on the Commons to ensure their safety. The tree inspection work for 2017 was completed in late November and this year concentrated on St Pauls Cray Common, most importantly St Pauls Cray Rd, but also included the high risk zones  of Bromley … Read More

The Great Storm: 30 years on

October 2017 marks the 30th anniversary of the storm when hurricane-force winds felled hundreds of thousands of trees across southern England. Hundreds of mature trees on Chislehurst Commons were damaged or felled overnight.  Most trees were still virtually in full leaf and therefore more vulnerable to wind damage than leafless trees would have been. The … Read More

Commons sold

[Tony Allen, Chair of The Chislehurst Society (left) with John Hayhow, Chair of Chislehurst Commons. Photograph by Adam Swaine.] PRIVATELY OWNED SINCE MEDIAEVAL TIMES, CHISLEHURST COMMONS HAVE THIS MONTH BEEN SOLD INTO CHARITABLE OWNERSHIP IN ORDER TO SAFEGUARD THEIR FUTURE FOR THE BENEFIT AND ENJOYMENT OF THE COMMUNITY. The 180 acres of common land in … Read More

Common plays host to Big Draw

Chislehurst Common will once again play host to the annual Big Draw arts festival. This award-winning family event will take place on 30th September between 1-5pm on the area of the Common between Manor Park Road and School Road (BR7 5PQ). This year’s theme is ‘Our World in Common’ which is very fitting given the … Read More

A history of the Cockpit

The cockpit on Chislehurst Common is sometimes described as unique. Webb’s History of Chislehurst, is rather more modest, describing it as “one of the few perfect examples of a cockpit which still exist”. Situated opposite the west gate of St Nicholas church, the cockpit is not the remnant of a bomb crater as commonly believed. … Read More

Join the Chase

Entries are now open for the 9th Chislehurst Chase which will take place on 17 September, 2017. The 10k race starts and finishes on Chislehurst Common and is entirely off-road. A 2k Fun Run for children will be held on the same day. The first Chase took place in 2009 as part of the Chislehurst … Read More

Lime trees in flower

This is the time of year when the Linden, or Lime trees, are in flower and the scent can be a knock-out. Most of our local limes are of the large-leaved species, TILIA  PLATYPHILOS and some are hybrids between the large-leaved and the small-leaved limes.  Their flowers are virtually indistinguishable: about 1 cm across, with … Read More

New plant species discovered

Conservation of the Commons includes periodically surveying what wildlife we have.  Any plant finds are compared with the species lists in Webb’s History of Chislehurst, which were compiled in the 1880s and 1890s by local naturalists.  Anything which is not listed in Webb is considered to be a new record. This plant can be seen … Read More

Free activity morning for families

We are hosting a FREE family activity morning on 27th July (10am -12) to help children learn about, and be inspired by, their natural surroundings. Meet on Centre Common (off Centre Common Rd) for a nature trail, craft activities and stories with the Library Service. Numbers are limited so please reserve spaces by emailing … Read More

Cinema tickets now on sale

Tickets are now available for an outdoor screening of Mamma Mia on Chislehurst Common on Saturday 22 July. Now in its 5th year, the Open Air Cinema is organised by local volunteers to raise money for the Commons. Tickets are available online until 15 July via the Visit Chislehurst website.  You can also buy them from The … Read More