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How should we care for our countryside?

Published: 10 October 2018

Share your views

Residents can help shape plans for Surrey County Council's (SCC) countryside sites for the next 25 years. The plans will form a strategy which will outline how we will care for our countryside and protect it for future generations.

SCC owns or manages 10,000 acres of the county's countryside which is open for the public to visit. These include Ockham Common in the north of the county, Norbury Park in the south, Chobham Common in the west and Staffhurst Wood in the east.

Lots of residents use these sites for recreation, health and wellbeing, but they're also places where people work and live. Additionally, the sites are beautiful landscapes which provide vital habitats for wildlife. We need to ensure that the balance of this usage is maintained.

The strategy is being developed with Surrey Wildlife Trust which manages the sites. It is being developed alongside a programme to make the countryside self-funding, so improvements can continue to be made without reliance on SCC funding.

What can you tell us?

Sharing how you currently use Surrey's countryside sites and your future priorities for them is vital to help shape this strategy. Your responses will be taken into account and considered by SCC's Cabinet in early 2019.

You can share your views about caring for the countryside online until 3 December.

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