There are thought to be in excess of 25,000 equines in Surrey. Multiply this number by the average grazing requirement for each one of 1.5 acres and the amount of land used as pasture for horses or donkeys, and its effect on the countryside, is highly visible.
Surrey County Council was the first in Britain to set up an advisory service on land management for horse-keepers. The information resulting from the 10-year pilot project is now maintained as an on-line resource on these pages.
With the pressure for development in green areas, horse-keepers now have an increasingly important role in managing their pastures, not only for the well-being of their animals, but also for the benefit of the landscape, environment and wildlife.
Problems associated with horse pastures are not only experienced in Surrey - they are evident in many areas of the country. The information on these web pages should therefore be of interest to horse-keepers both within and beyond the county of Surrey.