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

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

Rye Meadows bridges reinstated after marathon effort by volunteers

The storm we all experienced on Wednesday 20th October deposited one and half inches of rain in three hours and wreaked damage on bridges in Rye Meadows. In Centenary Field the pedestrian bridge hadRead 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

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