|The Friends of Wakering Common were formed as a direct result of the Great Wakering Parish Council not renewing the lease on the Great Wakering Common and allowing the Common to become overgrown and neglected. After reaching agreement with the landowner in November 2017, the FoWC entered into a management agreement to "manage" the Common to ensure that the Common was usable and accessible by the Public. |
Many parts of the Common were not safely accessible and required reclaiming before the public could use these parts of the Common.
In order to maintain the Common, working parties were organised, these were open to everyone, not just members. These were well supported with members / public attending and helping at these events.
| ||Entrance from Common road was completely overgrown and impassable due to nettles and overgrowth. To access the Common, users had to risk walking in the road, around a blind bend to get to a part of the Common which was not overgrown to gain access. The Friends aim to maintain the entrance as a safe, tidy and welcoming area for access to the Common.|| |
||The Golden Jubilee Community Woods was completely overgrown and impassable. The children of Great Wakering Primary School planted the woods in 2002 and due to lack of upkeep there was no access. The friends have opened up the wood up to the public allowing access and a wooded path through the woods.|
around the north side of the Common was completely overgrown and
impassible. This path was a lovely sheltered walk which was lost due to
lack of care and upkeep. The Friends have opened up this trail again
giving users an alternative route around to the Common with
intersections to the Jubliee Woods and the general Common area.
||Another overgrown path was lost to nature. This short walk between the
trees was often used and benefitted from trees either side, giving the
feeling of a woodland path. Again due to lack of upkeep this was
impassable. The Friends have created a wooded path which joins up with
the North path to give alternative routes around the Jubelee
Community Woods and to the main common area.
Miller's Pond - (privately owned). The pond is known to support wildlife including the Smooth and Great Crested Newts (which is a protected species). The animals and their eggs, breeding sites and resting places are protected by law.