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. FoMC established and looks after the Community Orchard on part of the Common. Volunteers help plant trees and wildflowers, cut grass and clear weeds in a sociable environment. Our mission is to make the Common a place for everyone to enjoy. FoMC welcomes new members from any part of Cambridge.


Events on the Common
in 2020

News and Current Affairs


Discover more about the Friends of Midsummer Common

Our Business
FoMC Constitution
Our Mission
Committee members
Equal Opportunities
Health and Safety

Key Issues on the Common
Boundary dispute
Vehicles on the Common
Footpaths on the Common
Events on the Common
Grazing on the Common
Trees on the Common
Background Papers
Midsummer Common Conservation Plan 2001 
Midsummer Common Management Plan 2009-2014 
Midsummer Common Management Plan 2014-2019 
Midsummer Common [draft] Management Plan 2019-2024 
The History of Midsummer Common 
The History of Midsummer Fair 
Legal Issues relating to Midsummer Common 
FoMC proposal for new Byelaws for Cambridge Commons 
AGM minutes
23 June 2020
25 March 2019
18 April 2018

AGM Annual Reports
2019 Report 
2018 Report 
2017 Report 

Committee minutes
18 May 2020
19 February 2020
15 January 2020

Help when on the Common

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. The Pinder should be contacted if cattle escape from the Common or fall into the river. Trees are the responsibility of the Arboricultural Team. They can all be contacted through the Council's Customer Service Centre on 01223 457000 (0300 303 8389 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. Drug related incidents should be reported directly to the police - 999 for active drug taking or 101 for drug dealing. If you find spent needles or other drug debris call the Council hot line on 01223 458282 (0300 303 8389 out of office hours) or online at sos.operations@cambridge.gov.uk.


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