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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.

View a map of Surrey County Council's countryside estate

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. There will be an opportunity to view the draft outputs when they go to committee.

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."

Update on parking charges on our 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. To find out how to pay until 1 April 2020, 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.

Files available to download