Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands

Fields in Trust

The Rye Brook flows through Ashtead Common, Ashtead Rye Meadows & Leatherhead where it joins the River Mole. Over the years, urban & agricultural development has had a detrimental effect on the Rye Brook, with the result that it supported little wildlife and periodically flooded local houses. By restoring the natural processes such as erosion, the depositing of minerals and the occasional flooding of wetland habitats, we are securing a healthy long term future for both wildlife & people.

Aims and Objectives of Friends of Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands

Aims & Objectives


1. To continue in whatever way possible and considered desirable to protect and develop Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands as a valuable amenity.

2. To promote Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands for the observation and study of flora and fauna in their natural habitat and the conservation and development thereof.

3. To work in partnership with external bodies such as The Environment Agency, The Woodland Trust, Mole Valley District Council et al, and to involve local residents, local groups, and conservation organisations in the management of Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands .


1. To create a mosaic of habitats in order to improve the biodiversity value of the site.

2. To improve the Rye Brook in line with the Water Framework Directive.

3. To provide a site for local people to enjoy while protecting valuable habitats.

4. To ensure the long term management of the land for these purposes.

5. To raise funds and receive contributions where appropriate to finance the work.

6. To publicise and promote the work.

News from Rye Meadows Wetlands

Storm water destroys bridges in Rye Meadows

The storm we all experienced on Wednesday night for three hours which deposited one and half inches of rain in three hours has wreaked damage on bridges in Rye Meadows. In Centenary Field theRead more

Wildflower meadow now prepared and seeded

Richard from Chris Edge Tree Care has now finished preparing the ground and then sowing the Yellow Rattle wildflower seeds. We had the ground mowed originally, then when Richard came with his team heRead more

Closing off the unofficial route from Kestrel Field

Volunteering today centred on closing the way through the hedge and culvert from Kestrel Field into Centenary Field. We don't wish to be "party poopers" but there is no Right of Way between the fieldRead more

Heritage Open Day Success

The Rye Meadows Wetlands stand in Centenary Field was very well attended and everyone was interested to see the plans we have for Centenary Field - the proposed meanders, the willow weir and theRead more

Footpath 24 now resurfaced and already littered

In 2020 during Lockdown many more people discovered Rye Meadows and the footpaths that eventually lead onto Ashtead Common. Whilst we are pleased so many people have found where Rye Meadows are, theRead more

Haymaking in Ashtead Rye Meadows

With the hay cut, collected and baled comes the job of collecting them all in and transferring them to the barns. With so much hay this year - it's been a bumper harvest - the Rye Meadows VolunteersRead more

Brush clearance on Footpath 596

We had a visit from Byte Software a Leatherhead based office of this plc. They asked to do a Corporate Community Day with us and we chose clearance of the brush in the copse at the end of FootpathRead more

Footpath 24 cleared for resurfacing

Footpath 24 that crosses Rye Meadows has been widened and cleared by Chris Edge Tree Care. The blackthorn was beginning to encroach on the footpath, and the land owner, Mrs Burnett, has paid to haveRead more

6th Form Geography Students from St Andrew's School visit Rye Meadows

Today (1st July 2021) we had a visit from 25 6th Form Geography students from St. Andrew's School together with their teachers, Faye and Emma. We explained the history of the area and how the 14Read more

Ragwort and the Cinnabar Caterpillar

The pretty yellow daisy like flower that you often see if fields and hedgerows is the Ragwort. This plant is injurious to horses and can cause liver damage and death. People with horses regulalrly puRead more

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