A stepping stone for nature
Pewley Down Fields, which were auctioned for sale on 13th May 2021, are at the centre of Surrey Wildlife Trust’s North Downs nature recovery network and are among the largest of fifty priority mini landscapes for nature restoration in Surrey.
An extraordinary community bid, assembled in just three weeks and spearheaded by local residents, secured the future of the site, which will now be transformed into a new nature reserve with the help of the Trust.
The fields, adjacent to the south-east edge of the town, are within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and Site of Nature Conservation Importance (SNCI). Protecting land along strategic wildlife corridors is key to The Wildlife Trusts’ national strategy to protect and connect at least 30 per cent of land for nature’s recovery by 2030.