Coronavirus: countryside car parks closed
In light of the coronavirus and the critical need to prevent the spread of the virus, all our countryside car parks will be closed from Tuesday 24 March to support social distancing.
We will be monitoring the situation and UK Government advice and guidance, and will reopen the car parks as soon as we are able.
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.
- 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 others are managed jointly by the County Council and our partners Surrey Wildlife Trust. The Council manage Visitor Services, which includes public access, car parks, site information and furniture such as benches, signs and litter bins. It also involves protecting the sites and keeping them clean and safe.
Surrey Wildlife Trust manage biodiversity and habitat management to ensure the protection and enhancement of the natural environment and species that live and visit our sites.
A strategy for Surrey's Countryside Estate
We ran an online consultation, 'Caring for our Countryside', in autumn 2018 asking for your views on how we can look after the Estate for future generations. Thank you to everyone who responded and gave their views.
Following the consultation we have developed a strategy with our partners for the estate going forward and the final Countryside Estate Strategy will be available soon.
Our vision for the estate 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."
Car parks on the Countryside Estate
At the county council's cabinet meeting on 26 November 2019, council members decided that all charges will be removed with effect from 1 April 2020. Proposals will be developed for the introduction of a voluntary payment scheme. Further information will be provided when available.