Blackwater Valley





Project News and Forthcoming Events

Project News

Tanyard Pond, Horley (before dredging)

We began dredging Tanyard Pond in Horley in August (shown above) to deepen and restore it. This project is in conjunction with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council and has been welcomed by local residents concerned that the pond has all but dried out for the second year running. The photo shows how murky the pond is currently, part of the process is to thin the trees around the outside to allow more light in.  See task programme update on Volunteer Task programme page.

The Project is currently working with Crawley Borough Council to enhance the management of Willoughby Fields, a series of meadows, surrounded by hedgerows, on the north west of Crawley. The site, which is largely owned by CBC, is a Site of Nature Conservation Interest, and hopefully will, in time, become Crawley’s 4th Local Nature Reserve. At the moment Fleabane (see photo below) is the most obvious flower around the site. Over the autumn and winter we hope, with the assistance of our valuable volunteers, to fell the small oaks and other trees which are beginning to scrub over the valuable grassland habitat.

Fleabane at Willoughby Fields, Crawley


Other dates for your diary

Horsham District Council’s Countryside Rangers run volunteer activities on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. Please phone 01403 731218 for more details.

The Friends of St Leonard’s Forest have tasks on the fourth Sunday of each month. Meet at 10.0am near the gate to the north entrance of St Leonards Forest (by the Rangers Lodge) on the bridleway off Forest Road, Colgate.Grid ref. TQ 221 324. phone 01403 731885 for more details.

The Crawley and Horsham group of Sussex Wildlife Trust meet monthly and have guest speakers. The venue is Ifield Community Centre, Ifield Drive, Crawley. Admission is £1.00, with a raffle and tea and biscuits available.

Contact details

Project Manager : Pete Crawford

Project Officer:  Andrew Fleming

Gatwick Greenspace Partnership, Tilgate Park, Tilgate, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 5PQ

Telephone/Fax: 01293 550730

The Partnership is supported by

Surrey County Council, West Sussex County Council, Crawley Borough Council, Horsham District Council, Mole Valley District Council, Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Horley Town Council and BAA Gatwick.

Surrey County Council
working in partnership
Surrey Countryside Management