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.