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Surrey's Countryside Estate

Surrey County Council owns more than 2,300 hectares (6,500 acres) of countryside available for quiet enjoyment. It has also entered into access agreements with private landowners, providing public access to a total of over 3,500 hectares (10,000 acres) of Surrey's beautiful countryside.

Sites include:

  • Chobham Common National Nature Reserve
  • Norbury Park (opposite Box Hill, between Leatherhead and Dorking)
  • Ockham, Wisley and Chatley Heath (just off the M25/A3 junction) with its Semaphore Tower
  • Newlands Corner (off the A25 just east of Guildford) with a Visitor Centre and fantastic views
  • Staffhurst Wood (just south of Oxted), a fine example of ancient woodland.

The above sites and many others are managed, on behalf of Surrey County Council, through a partnership with the Countryside Management department of Surrey Wildlife Trust. Surrey Wildlife Trust has a centralised work team, based at Pond Farm, Wisley, which manages all of the county council's countryside sites for the benefit of wildlife and visitors.

A strategy for Surrey's Countryside Estate

Together with our partners, we have jointly developed a strategy for the Estate going forward. Our vision is to:

"Give access to our countryside to support recreation, health and wellbeing now and in the future in a way that will enhance biodiversity, our landscape, and is financially self-sufficient."

Online pay and conserve consultation

An online survey ran for six weeks in 2017 relating to the proposal to start charging at some of our more rural car parks on the Countryside Estate. These are:

  • 3 car parks at Norbury Park, near Leatherhead
  • 6 car parks on Chobham Common
  • 2 car parks on Whitmoor Common near Worplesdon
  • 1 car park on Rodborough Common in Milford
  • 3 car parks on Wisley and Ockham Commons near Cobham

Approval for this was gained by Cabinet in December 2017. For more information please read the page on new parking charges.

Business plan for income generation

Please see below for downloadable pdfs relating to SWT's business plan for income generation on Surrey's countryside estate as well as questions and answers relating to that.

Countryside Estate Partnership meeting minutes

The minutes of the meetings for the past three years can be found below.

Files available to download