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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


Natural Flood Management makes sense because a significant contributor to flooding the fields is run-off from the woods. The River Pinn overflows its banks relatively infrequently so if the woods run-off were slowed the more regular incursions could be allowed to dissipate without causing serious damage.

The Embankment idea seems fine provided that it can be integrated with the natural environment of the fields where it might be sited. It needs to meet with the agreement of both the residents immediately affected and of those who are interested in the overall surroundings of the meadows. We need to know how high it would be, what it would be made of, and how it might look.

The Flood Storage idea is not practical and would needlessly mar the amenity of the area where it is proposed to be sited. It is not practical because, being water meadows, the water table is near the surface, so any substantial excavation is more than likely to fill with water well before any flood - as demonstrated by the ponds and ditches already dug by Hillingdon Council and currently full of frogs and newts.

For more information see key pages (here) of the Environment Agency’s River Pinn and Cannon Brook Flood Reduction Consultation which closed on 9 April. If you were unable to use the on-line form e-mail the  EA quoting the Consultation referred to above.      Martin Cartwright, Secretary, FoPM

EA Flood Risk Proposals for E Ruislip


Our 5th Annual Scythe Festival and Picnic will be on Saturday 7 July, taking place in the area outlined on the attached map, with pond dipping and river fly monitoring adjacent to the new Pond.

The Working Party will start at 9.00 am to erect the marquee which the Council are kindly providing for our picnic and refreshments. Scything will start at 9.30 am in preparation for the arrival of the Mayor at 10 am.

Members and supporters are invited to bring their families friends join us for a Picnic and activities from 12 noon to 3.00 pm.  

Children (and adults) can sign up for pond dipping and/or river fly monitoring, and discover the host of creatures that live in the River Pinn and the pond such as dragonfly larvae, newts, tadpoles, fish, caddis larvae with cases and many more.

Friendly farm animals will be on hand - sheep and lambs to cuddle; naughty goats and kids; piglets to tickle; a miniature donkey or pony to groom and guinea pigs to hold.  An accordionist will be there to add to the countryside feel with a good repertoire of English traditional folk tunes.