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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.

Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands. Rye Meadows is opening its ‘doors’ to explore the whole area on Saturday 21st September from 11am until 3pm as part of Heritage Week.

Leaflets and merchandise will be available from the stand in Centenary Field off Footpath 596 (the one from Bushey Shaw to Ashtead Woods Road - see Map). All the fields will be open on both sides of the Rye Brook and you can walk all the way through from Footpath 596 to Footpath 24 and through to Ashtead Woods Road on either side of the Rye Brook. A grass path has been mowed but it is recommended long trousers be worn, and walking shoes/boots (not flip-flops). After walking through, you can either return on the other side of the Brook, or walk back via Links Road, or the longer way via Ashtead Woods Road.

If taking a dog with you, please remember to bring a poo bag, and deposit this in one of the bins which are situated in Bushey Shaw, The Rail Crossing at Green Lane or Ashtead Common (3).

We will be selling tea towels (£5 each), and Mugs (£4 each or 3 for £11)


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So please bring some cash with you! All proceeds go towards the expense of maintaining the fields. 

Objective One:

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

Objective Two:

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

Objective Three:

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

Objective Four:

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


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A-Plant LogoAshtead Plant Hire Company Ltd (A-Plant) is a proud supporter of the Friends of Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands.