Region: South East
This countryside green space is being created on former arable farmland in 2020. Scattered mature Oak trees, boundary hedgerows, ditches and a short section of stream were enhanced to provide exciting new wildlife habitats. The site creation works included a new car park, pathways, information boards and benches for visitors.
Long Reach, West Horsley, Surrey, KT24 6NB
Site size: 25 hectares
Open via Public Rights of Way only. (Full access is planned for 2020)
A car park is planned for 2020.
The Barley Mow, West Horsley is open daily from 12pm and is nearby.
The site is free to use.
The land is generally level throughout. There are no surfaced paths.
Well controlled dogs are welcome.
Walking, bird watching and wildlife spotting.
In addition to grassland habitats the site includes scattered mature oak trees, a stream and sections of of hedgerows with scrub oak, ash, dog rose, gorse, hawthorn, blackthorn, willow and English elm. Important bird sightings include skylark, red kite and green woodpecker.
Hatchlands Park (NT), Clandon Wood, Painshill, West Horsley Place
The site contact for our Horsley Meadows space is Edward Knowles Tel: 07392277583
This space is managed by the Land Trust.
This Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) was established in 2020. The purpose of this and other local SANGs is to avoid increased recreational pressure on the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA) from new residential development by providing alternative recreation areas that offer a similar experience to the SPA.
The land was formerly agricultural fields that came out of arable production in 2016. Following establishment of the SANG the site is being managed in accordance with a SANG management plan, for the benefit of people and wildlife.
Management by the Land Trust will seek to enhance the biodiversity and recreational value of the new site for wildlife and visitors.
To contact the Land Trust about this site or how we could help manage your space please email our Estates Manager Steve Crosby .
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