The Friends group was formed in October 1999 providing a link between the general public and Epsom and Ewell Borough Council who are the owners of the park. As well as taking an
active interest in the management of the park the group
continues to work within the country park to ensure that the
range of habitats present in the park are developed and
enhanced with programmes of conservation work which are
sympathetic to all park users.
We aim to encourage the
preservation of the park for the enjoyment of the public for
air and exercise, leisure and recreation and encourage the
preservation of the peace and natural beauty of the park and
the protection of its trees, plants, birds, and animal life.
We are not only a wildlife conservation group and welcome
membership from all park users who wish to encourage the
greater awareness by the public of the amenities of the park
and the need to respect them. We also work to maintain the
rights of access to the park for pedestrians, equestrians
and cyclists and all others who wish to use the park for the
above purposes. We also wish to co-operate with other bodies
having similar or sympathetic aims.
The Friends group meets at the Rangers offices by the car
park to the main entrance of Horton Country Park on the
first Tuesday of every second month of the year at 7.30 p.m.
This meeting gives a chance for all members and new comers
to air their views on matters affecting the park and to hear
what current activities are being carried out. Members also
receive newsletters updating them further. Conservation
tasks are held every month that we do not have a meeting and
usually consist of a Sunday morning in the park working on
tasks from hedgerow management, footpath building, tree
planting, habitat preservation through to litter picking.
Work can be as gentle or as physical as the individual feels
and everybody is welcome no matter how little time they can
spare. There is also the occasional outdoor meet where
members can learn about various aspects of the park whether
it is in history or natural history and these are usually
led by a member of the Countryside and Community Development
Team. We are also beginning to develop a programme of social
Membership costs £3 per year and is largely used for
the cost of newsletters and insurance to carry out work in
the park, any surplus is used for the purchase of equipment
or materials needed to continue our work.