Media release - issued 21 Dec 2021
Council joins forces to protect nature reserve
Rushmoor Borough Council has joined forces with five other local authorities to make sure a much-loved nature reserve is protected for community use.
Members of the council agreed a contribution of up to £50,000 towards the purchase of Tice's Meadow by Surrey County Council before the sale went through at the end of last week.
Tice's Meadow is a newly-developed nature reserve on the site of the former Farnham Quarry, located between Badshot Lea and Tongham in Surrey, on the southern outskirts of Aldershot.
Based on an assumed purchase value of up to £475,000, Rushmoor Borough Council is contributing £50,000, Surrey County Council is contributing a maximum of £250,000, Guildford Borough Council £50,000, Waverley Borough Council with Farnham Town Council £75,000 and Hampshire County Council £50,000.
The site has now become part of Surrey County Council's countryside estate.
Formerly known as Farnham Quarry, the site is a restored sand and gravel site owned by Hanson Aggregates. It covers 137 acres and was formally opened in May 2019.
Under a 20-year long-term management plan, following on from extraction permission, the site has been restored to a nature reserve, with public access along the northern boundary.
The restoration and long-term management is overseen by a management group comprising of Hanson, Surrey County Council, Tice's Bird Group, the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership, and Farnham Residents Association. The site was put on the market in late 2019 but, despite several bids, it remained unsold until last week. Following discussions with local authority partners it was decided to buy the site to secure its future as a protected nature reserve for use by the community.
The Leader of Rushmoor Borough Council, Councillor David Clifford said, "Our residents love visiting Tice's Meadow, which is right on our doorstep, so it's great to see six councils working together to make sure this beautiful site is kept safe for generations to come. We are more than happy to pay our fair share to secure its future as a protected nature reserve for use by the community.
"I particularly want to thank all the volunteers at Tice's Meadow, who have done such a fantastic job at the site over a number of years, and I'm sure they were delighted when the sale went through."