Please find following an update from the National Trust on the “Animal Houses” at Ridland’s Grove, Limpsfield Common, regarding a temporary closure of some of the houses to the public…

Note from the National Trust

Due to Covid-19 safety restrictions and recent issues of vandalism, the National Trust is taking the difficult decision to temporarily close some of the “Animal Houses” at Ridlands Grove with immediate effect.

These include the Badger’s Barracks, Hedgehog Hall and Post Office. 

They will each be protected with fencing until repairs can be made, Covid-19 restrictions are lifted and we are confident that the recent issues have been overcome.

In the meantime, we will continue to work with our local committee on gathering views on the future of the animal houses. We’re very sorry for any disappointment that this causes. We understand how deeply people feel about the animal houses and value everyone’s views.

How can I share my views and be part of the process?

If you have any thoughts or comments about the Limpsfield Common Animal Houses, we would love to hear them – please contact the National Trust at

The Friends of Limpsfield Common is now running a survey for local residents on the use of Limpsfield Common, what we love about it and what could be improved.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SURVEY or find it on the Friends’ Facebook page – @folimpsfieldcommon.

Why is this happening now?

There has sadly been a rise in incidents of vandalism here, making the animal houses unsafe. As Covid cases begin to rise we want to do all we can to protect families and our local community – and it isn’t always possible for us to monitor and sanitise these touch points. The site has attracted high volumes of visitors over the summer months.

With October half-term approaching we are keen to ensure that the visitor offer is structurally safe, meets Covid-19 guidelines and addresses the needs of our local communities. We welcome all visitors to Limpsfield Chart and Ridlands Grove, and hope that families will still be able to enjoy this beautiful area in the glorious autumn months.

We will be consulting with our neighbours, visitors, volunteers and colleagues to agree upon a way forward for the site that keeps everyone safe, maintains the ecological balance of the site, and ensures that our local community and visitors can enjoy spending time here.

Find out more on the National Trust website at:

Friends of Limpsfield Common

Friends of Limpsfield Common undertake a range of Voluntary tasks in order to promote Limpsfield Common to the local community and are always looking for new members and volunteers. 

As a Member you are actively supporting this cause and your Membership fee (£10) goes directly to the care and upkeep of Limpsfield Commons.

Please email: for more information.