Origins of the Trust
The Petersham Trust, the predecessor to the current Petersham Environment Trust, was created in 1998 by Chris Brasher who lived on River Lane and was a British athlete, sports journalist and co-founder of the London Marathon.
The purpose of the trust was to preserve Petersham Meadows for future generations and ensuring that the cows remain on the Meadows for the greater part of the year.
Smallholdings have been a feature of London life since the Middle Ages but Petersham Meadows is one of the last ones left in the London area. The Trustees believed that this rare link to a rich London heritage had to be passed on to future generations. Both residents and visitors to Richmond find this scene of rural tranquillity in the midst of urban London a particular pleasure.
By 2009 enough money had been raised to hand over the meadows the the National Trust who now manage the meadows and the cows.
For more information see the National Trust web site.