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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 the collapsing brick culvert. As well as showing people the plans, we also displayed a 'taster' for the book being launched shortly - an ideal Christmas present!! Details will be published here when launched and available to buy. The three above are the main authors/editors/ghost writers - left to right, Dap...

September 12, 2021

Heritage Open Days - 10th to 19th September

Rye Meadows has again joined with other sites and organisations in Mole Valley as part of the National Heritage Open Days Festival. The festival begins on Friday 10th September until Sunday 19th September. To find out what is on near you go to https://www.heritageopendays.o... and enter your Post Code. In Rye Meadows Wetlands the fields that are normally kept locked and for horse grazing only will be opened to the public from 10am to 4pm. Aquamaintain have been hired in to clear away ...

September 8, 2021

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, the increased footfall has inevitably damaged the footpath surfaces and in the winter of 2020 they became quite muddy in places. Thanks to a Grant from Mole Valley Council's Infrastructure Levy pot, we have been able to buy a substantial amount of hardcore to resurface the paths. Footpath 596 was finishe...

September 8, 2021

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 Volunteers helped with collecting in the bales and building hay stacks in the field. Anyone want any hay?...

September 7, 2021

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 Footpath 596 by Fairholme Crescent. There were four volunteers from Rye Meadows Wetlands and although we were promised a group from the company in fact only one person arrived. Others we were told had been Covid test and trace 'pinged' and were in isolation. Nick from Byte Software didn't quite do the work of f...

September 1, 2021

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 have this cut back. Rye Meadows Volunteers will soon be resurfacing the path with hardcore paid for by a grant obtained from MVDC, similar to FP596. The latter should be completed next week. It is hoped residents will appreciate the effort put in by the volunteers, not to mention the generosity of the lan...

August 22, 2021

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 14 acres of Rye Meadows were separated off to form a wildlfe corridor and then put under the auspices of Fields in Trust. We showed them the pond in Centenary Field plus the scrapes in Fraudings and the berms and new meanders in Fraudings, Jack Adams and Gullett fields. The fields were a sea of wild flowers...

July 13, 2021

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 pull up the ragwort in their fields and even those without horses should pull it out because once it seeds, the wind blows them away, just like dandelion seeds, and the infestation starts all over again. You should always wear gloves when handling ragwort as it can cause problem for humans too. Imagine...

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