Who we are:
Woodhatch Green Spaces Preservation Group is a local community group, run by local volunteers who all share a passion to protect and preserve the green spaces in Woodhatch for the long-term benefit of the whole community.
We originally formed in November 2020, in response to Reigate and Banstead Borough Council application to build a crematorium on New Pond Farm, a highly valued and well used countryside site. Our members reviewed and responded to the planning application. The application was REFUSED by Reigate and Banstead Planning Committee on 29 September 2021 (See News for further information).
Our members believe the whole site should continue to serve the community as it is, providing the opportunity for informal recreation, the opportunity to grow your own produce and enjoy access to the countryside and associated health benefits.
Our constitution sets out the group's aims and objectives:
To protect and preserve for the benefit of the public the physical and natural environment of Woodhatch open spaces, sport and recreation areas, with a specific focus on New Pond Farm as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI) and within a Bio-Diversity Opportunity Area (BOA).
To promote and encourage use of the facilities as above for the health and well-being of the public.
To oppose inappropriate development where such development is in conflict with the above aims and objectives.
What we do:
Whilst a newly formed group, this does not limit our ambitions. We hope to work closely with Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, local conservation groups and other charities or community groups that share similar aims and objectives in order to protect and preserve the green spaces in Woodhatch.
Our constitution allows the raising of funds, and applying for grants where projects further the groups aims and objectives. We aim to deliver projects that will enhance and preserve green spaces in Woodhatch, and achieve a balance between preserving and enhancing the natural habitat and bio-diversity value, with recreational uses.(see News for further information on what we do).
Why not join us?
You too can help protect and preserve Woodhatch Green Spaces, support community projects and support conservation projects by joining. As a member you will receive a quarterly newsletter, updates on events and projects, and invitations to walks, talks and social events.
If you would like to join Woodhatch Green Spaces Preservation Group please get in touch (see Volunteering for further information).