2012 was another busy and very successful year in our support of the NT team of Wardens and the nature conservation work they carry out on the Commons, which are all Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Protection Areas.

Along with the annual 'Nightjar' walk on 30th June and a foray into Passfield Common on 10th June to see one of the veteran Oak trees, on August 22nd several families joined our ramble across part of Ludshott Common where the youngsters (and adults) learned about the heathland birds with photographs and sound recordings of their calls. The afternoon finished with a mini-beast hunt causing much excitement.

We were pleased to be invited to attend the Headley Fete on 15th September. Our stall and display in the foyer of the Village Hall enabled Chris Webb (Head Warden) to talk to visitors about the history of and future plans for Ludshott Common.
The prize-giving for our Junior Art and Photographic Competition (sponsored by Coomers Ltd) was on 10th October. We were delighted with the number of entries received and amazed at the very high standard achieved in all the categories and age groups.

Our annual sale of Christmas Trees, at Dunelm car park (the main one for Ludshott Common) was another record breaker. The weather was fine and bright, mince pies and mulled wine were served and the festive event was much enjoyed by all who came to buy. The trees are young Scots pine, which have a great advantage that when indoors they do not drop their needles. They grow naturally on the Common, as 'weeds', and their removal means that the ecologically important open heathland is maintained.

Some may have seen the rebuilding work on the dams that has been carried out at Waggoners Wells. The dams were in very bad repair having been eroded away over the years but now and after some further cosmetic restoration they should be fit for purpose for many years to come.
The Wardens have now moved into their new base which not only provides much-needed welfare facilities but also space and a barn in which equipment can be stored and maintained. The eco-friendly office building will be erected this year. Subscriptions from Friends', legacies and fund raising by the Committee over decades, has enabled this project to go ahead. It is intended that in 2013 we will hold an event at the base for the Friends.

The Friends of Ludshott and Passfield Commons are people who love the wonderful open spaces we have locally, whether it be for walking (with or without a dog), horse riding, getting close to nature (e.g. bird watching, painting, photography), general recreation in the open air, or just because the Commons are there and need to be looked after.
Join the Friends – it only costs £5.00 year – and receive your personal copy of Commons Link, our bi-annual newsletter.

Contact Susan Salter 01428 751409 or Colin Brash 01428 713256 or the Warden's Office 01428 751563 or via our website