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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Elmbridge informs us that another film crew will occupy the lower car park at Sadlers Ride from 1 - 9 July. We have alerted the council to the fact that the previous crew left rubbish behind them, so we hope there is no repeat and that the area is kept clean.

June 2017
The fishing season has started again and anglers come to enjoy this activity at Hurst Park. We ask them please to observe the "No Fishing" zone and to take their litter home. The zone was established by the Environment Agency Elmbridge Council and local angling clubs to protect wildlife in the riverside nature conservation area. For more details about the no-fishing" area click here.

Midsummer Music at the Marker on Hurst Park - an annual community event open to all takes place on Friday 23 June. Everyone welcome for an evening out with friends, food, drink and amusements.

July 2017
The 150th Molesey Amateur Regatta
takes place on the Hurst Park reach of the river on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th July. Open to all. Click here for more.

Unauthorised live-aboard vessels let out for short-term multi-occupation on our Molesey Reach have been tying up on various moorings recently. The Environment Agency and the other land-owning organisations are doing their best to deal with this seemingly intractable problem.
Read something of the history and background to these unauthorised businesses.

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
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

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 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

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.

Following objections from the authorities, most notably the Environment Agency, application 2016/2760 for a boathouse and activities hub by the river in Hurst Meadows, with 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.