Shire Horses in Hurst Meadows - photo ©Mick Rock
RARE  Great Burnet Autumn Squill - a rare plant now confirmed growing in Hurst Park and nowhere else in Surrey RARE Bee Orchid in Hurst Meadows The Hurst Marker RARE Hybrid Duck at Hurst Park Lady's Smock (Cuckoo Flower) Hurst Park signpost

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April 23 2017
A film crew for a new Disney family movie about pug called Patrick will occupy the lower car park at Sadler's Ride for the week, until Friday 28 April.
There is more about the film here.


The unauthorised live-aboard vessel that is let out for short-term multi-occupation is currently tied up at the end of Graburn Way, opposite the downstream houseboats on Tagg's Island. The Environment Agency is dealing with this and tell us that it is unlikely to be a long-term mooring issue.
Read something of the history and background to these unauthorised businesses.


SUPPORT LOCAL GREEN SPACE FOR HURST PARK
Elmbridge Borough Council is drawing up its revised Local Development Plan - the blueprint for planning in the borough into the future - and it includes a recommendation to designate Hurst Park and Meadows as Local Green Space. This is something all Friends can back, and many of us have through the consultation.

Is the area demonstrably special to the local community? This is the important question for us, and Hurst Park and Meadows meet all the requirements for the designation. LGS will confer further protections on this cherished public open space, natural floodplain and nature conservation area.

Read why it is being proposed for Local Green Space in the supplementary detail.

You can always write direct to the planning department with everything you want to say about what Hurst Park and Meadows mean to you.

Tap here for the Local Development Plan consultation document. (Q22 relates to Local Green Space)


March 2017
SHIRE HORSES RETURN TO HURST PARK
It was great to see working horses on the Hurst. The two Shires from Operation Centaur were pulling a light chain harrow across the bumblebee banks on Hurst Park and some wildlife areas on Hurst Meadows on Friday 3 March, organised by the Thames Landscape Strategy. Elmbridge Wildlife Conservation Officers say that this treatment loosens up the thatch on the surface of the soil and stimulates germination of dormant seeds.


February 2017
THINNING COPSES ON HURST MEADOWS

Lower Mole Volunteers continued seasonal work on thinning and removing side branches in the copses, as they have done in previous years, to limit the spread of aspen suckers and open up the stands of trees to encourage woodland plants. The resulting lumber will be chipped in situ.

 


SURREY'S FLOOD RISK MANAGEMENT STRATEGY
Surrey County Council, as Lead Local Flood Authority, has been running a consultation on its new flood risk management strategy. It is important this document includes protections for our natural flood plain of Hurst Park and Meadows, and the Friends has submitted a response.

Tap here for the flood risk management proposals


IS HAMPTON HEAD REGATTA TOO MUCH FOR HURST PARK?
Elmbridge Borough Council officers will be working closely with Hampton School next year. Repairs had to be carried out to grassland at Hurst Park following extensive damage caused by vehicles during the Hampton Head Junior Rowing Regatta on 4 February 2017. It's hoped there will be fewer traffic, parking and damage problems in future. One resident who submitted a complaint to the council includedimages of the Hurst taken on the morning of Sunday 5 February, which you can see here.


WATER ACTIVITIES CENTRE IN HURST MEADOWS
Following objections from the authorities, most notably the Environment Agency, application 2016/2760 for a boathouse by the river in Hurst Meadows, with a launch area on the riverbank, has been withdrawn by the 1st Molesey (Jaguar) Sea Scouts. The Friends always stand ready to help with finding an appropriate waterside location for a replacement boatshed for this scout group.

Tap here to see the withdrawal notice.

For the full history of this proposal, see our archive pages here.