Staffhurst Wood visitor information

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Quick guide and location map

Situated near the Surrey border with Kent, this pretty, ancient woodland has a carpet of bluebells in the spring and a remarkable array of both plant life and wildlife to enjoy throughout the year. Please always follow the Countryside Code.

Quick guide

  • Address and references: Grants Lane, TN8 6GF
    OS map reference: TQ412483
    What3Words: Grants lane car park: bids.puff.prep and St Silvans car park: flies.march.shaky
  • Type of site: Local Nature Reserve, ancient woodland
  • Accessibility: easy access walk being upgraded, but currently unsuitable for wheelchairs and buggies find nearest accessible walk
  • Facilities: no toilets or refreshments onsite; two small free car parks at Grants Lane and Staffhurst Wood Road.
  • Nature to discover: birds, butterflies, mammals, amphibians and moths.
  • Dogs: please keep your dog under control.
  • Size: 39 hectares (96 acres).

Location map

On the map below, use the plus symbol to zoom in to see the locations of the site's paths and car parks and the minus symbol to zoom out to view where the site is situated in Surrey, and to see other countryside sites nearby. The home symbol resets the map to the default setting.

Site details

Description

Located in the east of Surrey, Staffhurst Wood is a beautiful woodland site with a small area of grassland and a pond. The deciduous woodland is made up of species such as oak, ash and beech amongst others and some of it is designated ancient woodland. There are a small number of veteran trees on the site that survived clear felling for timber in the 1930s and use of the woods as an ammunition dump and location for troops stationed nearby in World War II.

Staffhurst Wood is home to a large variety of plant species, as many as 200, such as common spotted orchids and wood anemones. For the last 70 years, the wood has been managed to contribute to its biodiversity of species. The pond is home to great-crested newts and other amphibians.

Please take care of our countryside and open spaces by following the Countryside Code.


What you can do here

  • Enjoy woodland walks
  • Experience peace and tranquillity in the woods
  • Getting away from it all
  • Dog walking - under effective control

Self-guided walks

There is an easy self-guided route at Staffhurst Wood. Follow the signs from the car park.

There are other East Surrey self-guided routes nearby to discover.

The Greensand Way long distance trail, section 10, goes near Staffhurst Wood.


What you can see here and when

  • Spring bluebells: known for being one of Surrey's most stunning bluebell display sites in spring
  • Woodland walks with autumn colour
  • Flora and fauna to discover
  • Nature to discover: many species of birds and some mammals, newts, toads and other amphibians, 200 plant species and lots of moths including a few uncommon species. Browse the Surrey Wildlife Trust Wildlife Explorer to find out more about the wildlife that can be seen in Surrey.

Accessibility

  • There is an easy access route that is being upgraded through the woodlands, please see Staffhurst Wood easy circular walk for details.
  • Some paths become very muddy in winter months and wet weather especially around the pond area. Paths are unsurfaced and may be uneven making them unsuitable for wheelchair users or buggies.

Site management, contact and designations

Site management

Staffhurst Wood is owned and managed by Surrey County Council for public access including site management and litter bins, car park and visitor services such as walking trails.


Contact

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Environmental designations of Staffhurst Wood and what they mean

Area of Great Landscape Value (AGLV) is an area of land in England which is considered to be of high landscape quality with strong distinctive characteristics which make them particularly sensitive to development. The designation was established under the Town and Country Planning Act 1947. Staffhurst Wood is located near the Surrey Hills National Landscape, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Ancient Woodlands are areas of persistent undisturbed woodland that have survived since 1600 in England, they are home to many species of plants, fungi and insects so of great benefit to biodiversity.

Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is a formal conservation designation. Usually, it describes an area that's of particular interest to science due to the rare species of fauna or flora it contains - or even important geological or physiological features that may lie in its boundaries.

Local Nature Reserves (LNR) are special areas designated by Natural England as being a natural resource contributing to biodiversity. They must be looked after by the local authority in whose area they are located.