Cobham’s Riverhill project shortlisted for national Open Space Award

PUBLISHED: 12:48 17 June 2013 | UPDATED: 12:48 17 June 2013

Riverhill project in Cobham

Riverhill project in Cobham


A community project to create a Cobham beauty spot has been shortlisted for the Open Spaces Society’s prestigious Open Space Award.

The Cobham Conservation and Heritage Trust has transformed the Riverhill site from a scrubby, unattractive and overgrown area into an accessible wild meadow and grassed riverbanks with a riverside viewing-platform.

“Riverhill is a wonderful example of how a community can pull together,” says Gerry Acher, chairman of the Trust. “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the local people and the local businesses who have donated their time, expertise and money investing in improving such a beautiful local landmark and we can’t thank them enough.

“There is still work to do: The area will continue to evolve with new information boards, more planting and other finishing touches. The success of the project so far has ensured the heart of the countryside has been restored back to Cobham for generations to come.”

The winner will be announced at the society’s AGM in Birmingham on Tuesday July 16.

• For more information on the Riverhill project, visit

• For more information on the Open Spaces Society, visit

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