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Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands

Fields in Trust

"Restoring the Great Marsh" - Our story, now available.

Just in time for Village Day this book was published and brought for sale at the event. It sold very well, and everyone who looked at the book was impressed by the quality of the many photographs and the stories within.

The book retails at £20, and Daphne Burnett has stipulated that all proceeds are to be donated to Ashtead Rotary to continue their good works.

You can buy the book via the shop on this web site, and if you have an Ashtead Post Code, we will deliver free of charge. For other areas we can either calculate the cost of P&P, or you can call to collect. Email us to arrange.

The book is also available to buy from our friends at "Stems", the lovely flower shop in Craddocks Parade, Ashtead, and will also be sold at a launch event in "The Word on the Street" on Saturday 8th October at 11 am . Rye Meadows volunteers will be on hand to answer any questions.

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

Heritage Open Days - 9th to 18th September 2022

This year's programme of events has just been launched digitally. Visit for the brochure. Ashtead Rye Meadows features on Page 25, but you can read all about our oRead more

Wates Community Day

One Wednesday 6th July 2022, 21 employees from Wates office in Leatherhead came to Rye Meadows for a volunteer activity day.  The Wates Group is one of the leading construction, residentialRead more

Brown Hairstreak Butterfly

John Stather visited our information point at the Ashtead Village Day on Saturday. He mentioned that he walks through the Rye Meadows from time to time and, on one occasion, he saw to his greatRead more

Village Day 2022

A great Village Day - superb weather, a superb attendance and a great position thanks to our friends at Ashtead Common with whom we shared a gazebo. Our complimentary endeavours made for anRead more

New Permissive Jubilee

Residents will be aware that we closed the path through Fraudings field between Footpath 24 and Footpath 596 following the seeding of the field with yellow rattle wildflowers. It has been agreed thouRead more

Restoring the Great Marsh

Come and see us at Village Day on Saturday 11th June. We are sharing a stand with Ashtead Common (No.405) There you will be able to buy Rye Meadows mugs and Tea Towels all priced at only £5.00. InRead more

Volunteering today

A spectacular show of blackthorn blossom in Jack Adams field today (off Preston Grove). It's a lovely hedging plant - if you ignore the spikes that can penetrate through the rubber sole of your walkiRead more

Victoria Plumb it wasn't !

Today (1st February) in stunning sunshine, the hardy group of volunteers tackled a mixture of tasks on Rye Meadows. Four of them extricated a huge log from the stream that had been blocking the flow.Read more

New Owl Box for Barn Owls

Rye Meadows have erected an Owl Box to try to attract Barn Owls to the area. During the peace and quiet of lockdown many heard the hooting of owls so we know they are round and about, and we hope aRead more

Dead Hedge to prevent access to Centenary from Kestrel Field

Yet again walkers are crossing from Kestrel Field into Centenary Field despite the dead hedge. As a consequence we've had to extend the dead hedge across to the brook itself. There is no path acrossRead more

More bridge repairs

Another Volunteers' Day where we accomplished a lot of work. The main job was moving a new delivery of railway sleepers to where two bridges are going to be repaired. A team then took apart theRead more

Clearing the brook of debris

Volunteering on Tuesday 16th November included the removal of a very heavy and waterlogged tree trunk that had somehow found it's way into the brook. It had probably been washed in on the same nightRead more

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