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The Bishop’s Meadow Trust

In November 2009 Farnham’s ‘water meadows’ were put on the market for sale at £200,000. In response to this and the possible threat of development 4 local people got together to raise the money and buy the meadows, saving them as a vital green space for the people of Farnham to enjoy as a place to experience an array of British wildlife in the heart of our town.

And so the Bishop’s Meadow Trust was born!


Now nearly 4 years on the Bishop’s Meadow Trust consists of  600 members and an elected board of 10 dedicated local people who volunteer their time.

Over the last 4 years through generaous donations and a lot of hard work we managed to raise an amazing £125,000 towards buying the meadows back from Sir Ray Tindle, but it wasn’t quite enough money and the two years were coming to an end.

Then in 2012 just in the nick of time we were kindly offered an interest free loan of £75,000 to finally buy the meadows and save them for future generations of local Farnham inhabitants and visitors to enjoy.

What we do

The Bishop’s Meadow Trust manages, for the benefit of the public and the wildlife it supports, Farnham’s water meadows that run alongside the River Wey on the edge of Farnham town in Surrey.

Our Vision

To create and protect a semi-natural wild space for the people of Farnham to enjoy and experience an array of British wildlife in our town

Our Objectives

  • To manage the meadows, their fauna, flora, and habitats to encourage greater biodiversity and to raise an income to run the Trust
  • To provide for the safe enjoyment and recreational use of the meadows.
  • To advance public education in and understanding of the ecology of the meadows

The Bishop’s Meadow Trust

 is a Registered Charity | Reg. No. 1138417

Company Reg. No.07087967

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