Cross – Country Run

Two different running events on the Meadows Saturday 26th November 2022. Firstly the usual “park run”, although not quite usual as they had changed to the “winter course” which confused one or two.

Then there was a larger event, Kent County Athletics Association Cross-country run.

Just a few of the clubs shown in the photos below. There was an impressive set of medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd runners in lots of age groups.

Happily the weather has been so much kind than last year’s event, when it was very cold and very wet.

Ray Hudson – FFCM Committee Member and Thames21 Volunteer River keeper. (images R Hudson)

Autumn Colours – send us your pictures.

Further to the post below, your turn to send us via contact page or e mail your autumn pictures of the meadows even add a location quiz we look forward to your contributions . No doubt, as to the location of the image below, The lake looking: peaceful and splendid in this mornings sunshine. M Heath 18th October 2022

The lake at Five Arches

Autumn Colours Ahead

Thank you and well done to Jacky Turner for correctly locating our King Crimson ‘North Cray Road between St James’s church and Leafield Lane!. we will see if we can identify when this was planted. mh 18/10 2022

North Cray Road and our king Crimson
Purple Maple

Whatever your feelings for the coming winter a visit to Foots Cray Meadows will do wonders for your Wellbeing. We can look forward to a feast of colour from our trees and as always leading the way is this tree now displaying a riot of reds in the sunshine. It is a King Crimson or Purple Maple. But can you tell us where on The Meadows it can be found? Use the contact page or e mail to answer.

Michael Chair FFCM 9th October 2022

FYI is the leaf

Great Ideas – Foots Cray Meadows QR Information Posts (QRIPs).

Following on from our AGM and a big thank you to all who turned up and for an enjoyable evening The Friends now have some project plans designed to enhance the visitor experience to Meadows.

We shall keep you informed with these messages to our members and webpage articles leading to a full newsletter later.

We will start with the agreement to look into implementing a series of Foots Cray Meadows QR Information Posts (QRIPs), which will when the project is live display QR codes to link to information pages on this website. (, each post relating to particular sites of interest across the 240 acre site of the Foots Cray Meadows.

Our lead on this project is its proposer committee member Jacky Turner who is forming a working group to develop this exciting project. Attached for your information are the slides proposing this to the AGM. Jacky is seeking people to either be part of the working group or who may suggest and have experience and knowledge to assist with the information content of the posts. We want to hear from you and would really value your relevant experience and local knowledge. Jacky can be contacted by our group e mail

or through the contact page on our website.  

Michael Heath Chair FFCM 2nd October 2022

The Foots Cray Meadows Information Centre

Cold Picnics Only Please

Please do not bring disposable BBQs to the Meadows (technically BBQs are not allowed on the site). Wildfires are a real risk this weekend. Think ‘tinderbox dry outback’, discarded bottles and cans are also a fire hazard take you rubbish home. Do enjoy your visit, but let’s keep everyone safe and be considerate to the natural environment. our Meadows are struggling too this summer.

This is Foots Cray Meadows, The river is behind the burnt area, we are down stream of the Penny Farthing Bridge.

This post M Heath 12/08/2022

Information Centre Open Saturday 6th August

We shall be at the Information Centre behind the stable block from 10am to 1230pm. pop in during your visit or walk. Future events Bat Experience 24th September, Five Arches & AGM/Public Meeting 27th September at ‘The Bothy’ St James Church- full details to follow. contact

Activities for young people at the Information centre – Photo by SP(Mother) with permissions

Information Centre Open & AGM Update

The Information Centre will be open this Saturday 2nd July from 10am to 1230pm come along and meet the Friends find out some more about the Meadows and our Group.

To coincide with our plans to upgrade our banking and introduce more flexible ways of collecting membership subscriptions we have decided to postpone this years AGM to Tuesday 27th September starting at 7am with the venue to be confirmed. However, you can still join as a member with details on our members page.