Friends of Pinn Meadows is a resourceful and energetic residents’ group dedicated to the preservation and maintenance of the open green spaces and river banks between Elmbridge Drive and Bury Street, Ruislip in the London Borough of Hillingdon.

The group was originally formed to oppose the construction of a second artificial grass hockey pitch, with ugly high fences and intrusive floodlights amid the grassland, trees and river bank of King’s College Playing Fields.

Without losing our campaigning spirit, Friends of Pinn Meadows now work closely with Hillingdon Council’s Green Spaces team to ensure the free enjoyment of the Meadows by all local people. map


The 10 November Working Party



Stag beetles are one of our most spectacular insects, named because the male’s large jaws look just like the antlers of a stag.

They spend most of their life underground as larvae, only emerging for a few weeks to find a mate and reproduce.

Male beetles appear to have huge antlers. They are actually over-sized mandibles, used in courtship displays and to wrestle other male beetles.

Adult males vary in size from 35 mm – 75 mm long and tend to be seen flying at dusk in the summer looking for a mate.

Female beetles are smaller at between 30-50mm long, with smaller mandibles. They are often seen on the ground looking for somewhere to lay their eggs.

Stag beetles and their larvae are quite harmless and are fascinating  to watch.

The next Working Party Saturday 8 December 10.30 am at the Skate Park

The AGM will be Monday 10 December, 7.30pm

at Ruislip Cricket Club


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The Working Party was full of interest when  some of the team made a special trench to encourage more stag beetles, while others collected litter and Brian found another hoard of Jewellery.