The Bishop’s Meadows are one of the few remaining water meadows in this part of Britain and have been in existence since at least AD 687.

Set in the heart of Farnham and bordered by the clear, chalk fed waters of the River Wey, their 35 acres of hay and flower meadowland are a haven for wildlife and an important part of Farnham’s agricultural heritage. They are classified as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance and home to a wide range of wildlife including egrets, kingfishers, bats, grass snakes, voles and the occasional deer.

Like Farnham Park and Farnham Castle, the Meadows were once the property of the Bishops of Winchester. Now they are owned by the Bishop’s Meadows Trust which manages the land for the benefit of the people of Farnham as a pleasant place to play, picnic, stroll, walk the dogs or just sit. The meadows has a community orchard for six Farnham schools whose children recently planted 30 fruit trees – five for each school to care for, study and enjoy .

 

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