Mitcham Common Conservators

Mitcham Common is managed and regulated by Mitcham Common Conservators who have been the legal custodians of the Common since 1891.

About the Conservators

George Parker Bidder

The Mitcham Common Conservators have been managing the Common since 1891. Prior to that time there had been considerable unrest amoungst local people at level of gravel extraction and turf removal which they regarded as the plundering of the Common’s resources. At the forefront of this opposition was George Parker Bidder QC, who lobbied for the Common to be protected. Eventually this led to the Metropolitan Commons (Mitcham) Act 1891, which empowered the Conservators to manage the Common and make byelaws to protect it.


Bidder Monument

The Board of Conservators is made up of 13 members nominated by the London Boroughs of Croydon, Merton and Sutton (4 each), and the City of London Corporation.

The Conservators meet quarterly at the Mill House Ecology Centre. Meeting Agendas and Minutes are available below.


Current Conservators

London Borough of Croydon
Councillor Timothy Godfrey
Councillor Stuart King
Mr John Cheetham

London Borough of Merton
Councillor Russell Makin
Councillor Ian Munn
Councillor Martin Whelton
Mr Maurice Groves

London Borough of Sutton
Councillor Margaret Court
Mr Richard Bailey
Dr Derek Coleman
Ms Julia Russell

Corporation of the City of London 
Mr Douglas Mobsby MBE

Go to the Conservators Documents page

The Conservators meet quarterly to discuss issues ranging from planning proposals on sites bordering the Common, to projects aimed at improving the Common