Flanked on one side by the River Cam with its many Cambridge University college boathouses, Midsummer Common is an ancient area of grassland that thrusts into the heart of Cambridge City. For many centuries fairs and other events have been staged on the Common and this tradition continues today. At other times cattle graze the land bringing the country into the City. Friends of Midsummer Common (FoMC) is a group of Cambridge people who are concerned with the good management and responsible use of this ancient grassland. Our mission is to make it a place for everyone to enjoy.
FoMC welcomes new members from any part of Cambridge.
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The FoMC AGM will take place on Tuesday 25 March at 7:30pm, at Christ Church Hall (Newmarket Road).
Do come and find out what we have been doing over the last year on the Common and in the Community Orchard. Members and non-members most welcome. We need to hear your views about future developments on Midsummer Common.
Guest speaker: Carolin Gohler from Cambridge Past, Present and Future. Carolin will talk about the role of CPPF in preserving and enhancing the green spaces in and around Cambridge.
Doors open 7pm. Refreshments available.
4 March 2014. FoMC will be joining in the national Big Dig Day on Saturday 22 March between 10am and 1pm in the Community Orchard (entrance off the Newmarket Road near Auckland Road and the Grafton Centre). We will be digging, preparing and seeding some beds for wildflowers near the cherry trees. All welcome: the more diggers we get the less there will be for each to do! Non-members equally welcome.
Activities for children, a boules competition, music and refreshments also offered so that we can have a highly enjoyable time. Some tools and gloves available, but bring your own if you like. Do email us if you would like to join in – or just turn up on the day.
4 March 2014. The design of the proposed steps linking the orchard with the main common has now been agreed, and work will begin on 10 March. The dangerous narrow gate will be replaced with something more user-friendly.
10 November 2013. A beautiful historic town bench was safely installed in the orchard on Sunday for all to enjoy. The bench was in a very bad state when the Council donated it to FoMC, and we are all tremendously grateful to Barry and Dick, who have spent many, many hours lovingly restoring it.
14 September 2013. Early walkers on the Common last week were able to watch the Environment Agency's biannual count of the fish in the Cam. The operators reported that the river was in good condition and a healthy variety of fish were collected (see picture). A full report will be posted on the FoMC website when available.
14 September 2013. There was a large turnout of old and new faces for the picnic on Sunday, despite the rather threatening weather – at least the rain held off until clearing-up time. Hugh was kept very busy with the cider press, producing wonderfully fresh apple juice (admittedly of the non-alcoholic kind), and there was masses of delicious food. Many thanks to all the children who picked the apples – next time socks and shoes are recommended to protect against the nettles!
28 June 2013. The FoMC stall at Strawberry Fair on Saturday 1 June was a great success. We hope to have another stall next year, with hopefully a few more volunteers to cope with the rush of small children making bee hotels!
27 March 2013. One of the delights of summer is to see the swifts arriving back and wheeling around the Common. Unfortunately, as we heard at the AGM, numbers of these lovely birds are declining around Cambridge, because of a gradual reduction in the number of suitable nesting places as more buildings are modernized. Help is at hand, however, in the form of nesting boxes, which can easily be installed. If you would like to help, visit the Swift Conservation website or the Action for Swifts blog.
27 March 2013. The FoMC AGM took place at 7:30pm on Wednesday 20 March 2013, at Christ Church, Newmarket Road. The minutes (including the Chair's annual report) are available here.
12 December 2012. The weather was kind to us last weekend as we gathered to plant an avenue of 12 dessert cherry trees and one medlar tree in the orchard. They are now secured with strong stakes, and hopefully we can all enjoy the fruit before too long, if the birds do not get there first. Many thanks to all members who helped with the planting, and to those who generously contributed to the cost of the trees.
The Cambridge City StreetScene Team is responsible for a wide range of services on the Common including litter picking, grass cutting, graffiti removal and toilet cleaning. The Council's Enforcement Team can deal with problems of illegal camping or fires on the Common. Trees are the responsibility of the Arboricultural Team. They can all be contacted through the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01223 457000 (or 457457 out of office hours). It is an offence for anyone to drop litter or allow their dog to foul the Common – bins are provided for the disposal of litter and dog mess. Any problems with dogs should be referred to the Dog Warden on 01223 457898. Please call the Pinder on 07855 376652 if cattle escape from the Common or fall in the river.