News Stories


Into the Wild!

A group of twelve young people aged 13-16 took part in an exciting wilderness expedition this summer, not in the far flung Highlands of Scotland but closer to home in our very own Surrey Hills! Read on>

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Cycle Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Board and Cycling UK have received a capital grant of £19,000 from the London Marathon Charitable Trust for an exciting new project. Read on>

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Celebrating Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Society has received a ‘Sharing Heritage’ grant of £6,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project which will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Read on>

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Protecting Byways

The Surrey Hills Byways Working Group are actively working in partnership to help protect the Byways Open to All Traffic (BOATs) in the Surrey Hills. Read on>

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Learn a new skill

The Surrey Hills Society have a Map Reading course running on 14 May. A training day for those who want to get out and appreciate the Surrey Hills. Read on>

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New Gallery Opens

The new Tillingbourne Gallery was opened this week by the Mayor of Guildford. Sited in Shere Museum it provides a dedicated space to showcase the work of the Tillingbourne Tales Heritage Lottery funded project. Read on>

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North Downs Way Development Manager Required

The position of North Downs Way Development Manager is currently being advertised. This post is principally funded by Natural England with the support of Kent and Surrey County Councils, Medway Council, the AONBs of the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs, Read on>

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Minister visits Surrey Hills

The Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty was the focus of a recent visit by Lord de Mauley, the Government Minister for Natural Environment and Science. Lord de Mauley took time out of his busy schedule to find out Read on>

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Route announced for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey

Route announced for Prudential RideLondon-Surrey

The routes were announced today for the Prudential RideLondon events in London and Surrey on Sunday 10 August, part of the Mayor of London’s multi-award winning world-class festival of cycling. The day begins with the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 as 24,000 Read on>

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We want your views on the Surrey forest industry

SITCOB, Surrey Hills Enterprises and Resource Efficiency Services are collaborating on a European project, which has the aim of supporting the development of local forestry and forest product industries in France and England. We would like your views on the Read on>

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A green and pleasant land?

From fracking to development, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is facing unprecedented pressures.  Now the Surrey Hills AONB Board is asking residents, visitors, landowners and rural businesses for their feedback on a Management Plan for the Read on>

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Tough times ahead for our Protected landscapes

Britain’s National Parks and beauty spots are under ‘unprecedented threat’ of being built upon due to the Government’s relaxation of planning laws, campaigners warn today. The Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) says that more than 30 formerly protected areas Read on>

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Minister signs Sustainable Tourism Accord.

Richard Benyon MP Minister for the Natural Environment and Fisheries  joined James Beresford, Chief Executive, VisitEngland and Philip Hygate, Chairman, National Association for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (NAAONB) in signing a Sustainable Tourism Accord between VisitEngland, Defra and the Read on>

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Revealing the real Surrey Hills

As casting begins for a reality TV programme entitled ‘Surrey Hills’, the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Board is taking the opportunity to remind people of the natural attractions of the real Surrey Hills. The Surrey Hills Area Read on>

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Discover the Surrey Hills

A new Surrey Hills leaflet has been launched this week. ‘Discover the Surrey Hills’ has a stunning illustrated map as it’s focal point and gives you an overview of this special landscape. The leaflet also tells you all about the Read on>

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Ash Dieback Disease (Chalara fraxinea)

Ash Dieback, is a serious disease of ash trees caused by a fungus called Chalara fraxinea (C. fraxinea). The disease causes leaf loss and crown dieback in affected trees, and usually leads to tree death. We would fully encourage you to Read on>

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Can you identify trees in winter?

In January, a party of SHS members wrapped up warm and headed off to the Sheepleas (above Horsley) to learn how to identify local trees when they had no leaves to assist in the task.  The group was led by Read on>

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Tourism first for UK Nature Conservation

UK National Parks & Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty partner with RSPB South East to improve responsible rural tourism. The RSPB, the largest wildlife conservation organisation in Europe, joins Our Land – a responsible tourism initiative in nine of the Read on>

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Have you discovered ‘Our Land’

Our Land, is a major new initiative to reconnect people with their local protected landscapes and boost domestic tourism. The project is backed by almost £1m of funding through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE). The Surrey Hills Area Read on>

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