Litter Pick and the Big Dig

March 14, 2014

We’re looking forward to the Stourbridge Common litter pick on 22 March 2014.

Meet at 10 am near the Riverside entrance of the Common to be issued with gloves, bags, and litter-pickers and to listen to a Health & Safety talk. We will finish by noon, it’s always fun and is a great way to meet other people who enjoy Stourbridge Common and help keep it safe and litter free for all its many users.

Another set of events that may be of interest (although there is partial overlap with our own litter pick):

Local charity Cambridge Carbon Footprint is helping co-ordinate a national community gardening event called The Big Dig.  They have three orchards and gardens where they would love volunteers to come along for a an hour or two to help them get ready for the growing season. Midsummer Common Community Orchard and Trumpington Community Orchard will be giving a warm welcome to volunteers on Saturday 22nd March 10am – 1pm and Empty Common Community Garden will be welcoming volunteers on Sunday 23rd March 10am – 1pm. Foraged fresh soup will be available to try, cake will be on offer and there will be a range of activities for all abilities (including a ukelele band dropping by to liven things up) . No need to book, just turn up.  For further details please do take a look at


River bank restoration plans

January 16, 2014

We recently received the following from Guy Belcher the Nature Conservation Officer at Cambridge City Council

Plans for the river bank restoration are progressing well. See the drawing for the proposed works (Click to see the Proposed Plan) which are scheduled to begin in February 2014 and run through to the end of March. These works concentrate on the stretch prioritised for replacement, they do not impact upon the existing site moorings. 

The existing concrete piling has come to the end of its serviceability life and will be replaced with a naturally engineered solution to stabilise the bank and increase habitat value along the river. Please note a temporary stock fence will be required in the first growing season to enable the native marginal vegetation to establish. This will be removed by March 2015 at the latest. These restorative and temporary works are considered as permitted development under the Common S38 consent process. We have applied for the necessary Environment Agency and Cam Conservators consents. No trees will be lost as part of the scheme, but two willows adjacent to the bank are proposed for re-pollarding.

Should anyone require additional information please refer them to

Date change

March 12, 2013

18th of March at 7.30 at St Andrew’s Hall.

is infact the date for the meeting about the Green Dragon footbridge … not (as previously published) the 12th March …

Cam CleanUp poster now available

February 12, 2011

The 2011 Cam CleanUp poster is now available for you to print off and post up …
Click here to open the pdf file of the Poster. You can print off the Cam clean-up poster and it would be great if you could post a few around the place … or just check out the poster … it’s a wonderful design this year.

Don’t forget you have to register by email first – all the information you need is here

Cam Cleanup March 26th 2011

February 6, 2011

As you may know, the Cam Cleanup takes place annually, it is a popular event for local residents, community groups and the residential boating community.

This year the event will take place on Saturday 26th March, 10:00am-1:00pm, culminating with a BBQ.

Please follow links below to see information about previous Cleanups:

The River Cam meanders its way 12 miles from Granchester Meadows to Bottisham lock. Every year Camboaters, ‘Anglian Water’s RiverCare’ alongside Cambridge City Council and the Cam Conservancy organise the Cam Cleanup. Volunteers are invited to take part in this excellent opportunity to give this much-loved river a helping hand, by participating in the river Cleanup. The Cam Cleanup is the perfect excuse to get out there and do something for our fine City, as well as expressing our environmental ethic and collective love of rivers and wildlife.

The 2009 Cleanup saw more than 200 volunteers collect over 400 bags of recyclable and general rubbish from the river and its banks. Hard working grapple teams recovered a whopping 100 bikes from the riverbed and three motorised scooters were retrieved from Stourbridge Common.

This year we would like your help with the Cleanup and to recruit volunteers, Team leaders and First Aiders for the Midsummer Common and Stourbridge Common areas. Can you please circulate this letter amongst your members? In the past only 30 volunteers (including, Team leaders and First Aiders) were required to litter pick the Midsummer Common and Stourbridge Common areas. Please ask volunteers to email expressing whether they wish to be a volunteer, Team leader or whether they are a qualified First Aider.

Team Leaders and First Aiders will be required to attend a briefing event at the Council Chamber, Cambridge Guildhall on, March 17th at 6.00 PM.

Happy New Year from FoSC

January 16, 2011

A little late but just a quick note to wish all our friends and members a very Safe and Happy 2011.

We look forward to seeing you out and about on Stourbridge Common and hope you will join us for Litter Pick Common Clean Ups, meetings about the Biodiversity on the Common and simply to enjoy the fresh air and the joy of a walk, run, sit, row alongside, or wander on Stourbridge Common.

Don’t forget you can follow us on Facebook and share your photographs of the Common

We are also on Twitter

you can use #FofSC or @fofsc

Coldhams Common Big Litter Pick

September 18, 2010

Having cleaned up Stourbridge Common, we are now happy to be supporting the Clean Up on Coldhams Common

Saturday 6th November, 9.30 – 1pm
The Big Litter Pick event
Coldhams Common and the Leper Chapel Grounds.
Co-ordinated by Abbey Action

for more information

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