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Streatham Common

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Streatham Common is a large open space on the southern edge of Streatham, London. It is maintained by the London Borough of Lambeth.

It is one of two former areas of common land in the former parish of Streatham. The other is now known as Tooting Bec Common. After inclosure, the Common was purchased by the Metropolitan Board of Works.

The Common had a long tradition of cricket playing from the 18th century, and the right to play cricket is enshrined in the document that brought the common into public ownership.

As well as the historic common, there is also an adjacent formal garden, The Rookery, laid out on the site of one of Streatham's historic mineral wells. The Rookery is well known for its old cedar trees and White Garden designed in the same style as that at Sissinghurst Castle. The gently sloping lawns of The Rookery are used as an open air theatre in the summer.

The south east end of Streatham Common and Rookery Gardens abut Norwood Grove within the London Borough of Croydon to form part of a larger series of green spaces along the ridge line from Streatham to Crystal Palace.

There is a Management Advisory Committee, which is promoting a Management Plan for the conservation of the Common and Rookery Gardens. A separate Friends of Streatham Common group promotes events on the Common and in the Rookery, including a very successful annual kite festival.

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