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Southampton Common

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The Community Award winning Southampton Common is a much loved and well used green space and is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is unique and requires specialist management to ensure that its status and biodiversity is maintained.

It is also home to Southampton's Old Cemetery and the Friends of Southampton Old Cemetery (FoSOC) hold many walks, talks and tasks where you can find out more about this historical site.

The Common is a great venue for events and the Hawthorns Wildlife Centre is open all year round to visitors. The Common is one of the UK’s most important wildlife sites and internationally listed as a site of excellence… So caring for it is one of the City Council’s most important jobs.

Paddling Pool on The Common

The paddling pool is now closed until late June 2014.


Active Nation the charity who manage the paddling pool on behalf of the city council hire portaloos when the pool is open. At all other times the nearest toilets can be found at The Hawthorns.

For more information about the paddling pool, please contact The Quays Swimming and Diving Complex on 023 8072 0900.

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Downloadable documents

Icon Name of file Size Download time
PDF document Southampton Common Management Plan 2010 2602 KB 10secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Active Map 2009 5477 KB 21secs @ 2Mbps
PDF document Management Plan Updates 516 KB 2secs @ 2Mbps
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