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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Sweet chestnut blight warning

Plant health authorities are urging woodland managers, tree professionals and the plant trade to be vigilant over the coming months for sweet chestnut blight, caused by the fungus Cryphonectria parasitica. Read on>

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Tillingbourne Tales

Tillingbourne Tales has delved into the history of the Tillingbourne Valley and discovered some wonderful stories to bring to life the industrial heritage of the area. Read on>

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The Surrey Hills Year

It has been a very busy year in the Surrey Hills. Find out all about the work of the Surrey Hills family who work together to protect, enhance and raise awareness of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Read on>

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More words needed…

We need your help….. ‘Perspectives’, one of five artworks installed along the Greensand Way in the Surrey Hills as part of the Inspiring Views project needs more words inscribed on the wooden tiles. Please send us your phrases and words inspired by views from the Surrey Hills. Read on>

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Poetry inspired by the Greensand Way

Poet John Wedgwood Clarke was commissioned as part of the Inspiring Views project to create poetry inspired by the views from the Greensand Way he comments; “‘It’s been a pleasure to discover and explore a landscape that has so powerfully Read on>

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Celebrating Tillingbourne Tales

Tillingbourne Tales, is an exciting Heritage Lottery funded project that has delved into the history of the Tillingbourne Valley.  Lots has been discovered and on Sunday 16 October you can find out more at a special event aimed at families Read on>

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Cows ready for the Surrey auction

What’s happened to the cows everyone is asking! Fear not they are currently grazing back at the Farm and getting ready for their next big adventure – the CowParade Surrey auction this Thursday 20 October. Read on>

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Get inspired in the Surrey Hills

This summer you may have noticed some rather striking looking sculptures popping up along the Greensand Way. These distinct pieces of art are part of the Inspiring Views project delivered by Surrey Hills Arts. Read on>

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The Surrey Hills Wood Fair is back!

The Surrey Hills Wood Fair is now in its 7th year. Taking place within the Birtley Estate in Bramley on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October from 10am – 5pm. Each year the fair gets bigger and better yet retains the traditional charm of a rural day out in the Surrey Hills for all the family. Read on>

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An Outstanding Week in September!

The AONB Family has worked together to organise a week long programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by Britain’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From 17-25th Sep events can be found on www.landscapesforlifeevents.org.uk Read on>

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‘CyclingMooKay’ STOLEN from Box Hill!

CowParade Surrey are devastated to report that ‘Cycling Moo Kay’ was stolen from the top of Box Hill overnight! Police are investigating after the life-size cow, painted with Surrey Hills cycling scenes, was unbolted from its plinth and taken some Read on>

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Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink

Taking place on Saturday 3 September from 10am-5pm, the Surrey Hills Festival of Food & Drink is a celebration of all that Surrey has to offer and it promises to be a fantastic day out in the Surrey Hills for all the family. Read on>

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‘Have a Butchers’ at the new arrival in Haslemere

‘Have a Butchers’ is the latest addition to CowParade Surrey. This beautiful moo has been designed with food in mind and is one of a trio of cows sponsored by Waitrose. She was officially unveiled with quite an audience by Councillor Sahran Abeysundara the Haslemere Town Mayor. Read on>

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Meet ‘Sally C’ the Wings & Wheels cow

Meet the Wings & Wheels cow transformed by artist Vikki Gibson into a vibrant design which incorporates aspects of the air & motoring show. Among the iconic images painted on the cow are the RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon, Dunsfold Park 747 & popular cars, trucks & motorbikes. Read on>

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Help stop fly-tipping in Surrey

A new drive to tackle fly-tipping is underway in Surrey. The county has seen an increase in the amount of waste being illegally dumped in the past year which cost Surrey’s councils nearly £1 million to clear up. Read on>

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Discovering, revealing and interpreting views of the Surrey Hills

People of all ages and abilities have been getting inspired creating artworks, poetry and sound in response to Surrey viewpoints. This is a result of the ‘Inspiring Views’ project which has involved five sculptors and designers who have been commissioned to create sculptural benches at viewpoints along the Greensand Way. Read on>

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Flora in bloom at RHS Wisley

Flora, the STIHL sponsored cow has joined the parade by making a floral statement at RHS Wisley. Of all the cows unveiled so far she is the most unique as she has been cleverly nestled amongst the flowers in a specially created planter. Read on>

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Meet Ermincloud

Ermincloud, the Fordway cow has joined the parade. Proceeds generated from Ermincloud at auction will benefit local charity Eikon, who provide vulnerable young people with the support and skills they need to overcome challenges. Read on>

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The Cows are Here!

CowParade Surrey officially launched to the public this Bank Holiday Monday at the Surrey County Show. Many had the opportunity to get up close to some of our magnificent moos and find out more about the world’s largest public art event which comes to Surrey this summer. Read on>

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Albury Estate Joins CowParade Surrey

The Albury Estate proudly unveiled their entry to CowParade Surrey this week at iconic site, Newlands Corner. The magnificent moo, painted by internationally celebrated watercolour artist Alexander Creswell perfectly represents one of the most famous Surrey Hills views. Read on>

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Here come the Cow’s

CowParade Surrey, the world’s largest public art event officially launches to the public this Bank Holiday Monday 30 May at the Surrey County Show. The cows will be put out to graze and dotted around Surrey from 1 June until the end of August for all to see. Read on>

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Rare plant appears on Surrey Heathland

A rare, tiny and unassuming plant known as Shepherds Cress (Teesdalia nudicaulis) has been discovered on Thursley National Nature Reserve in Surrey. Similar in appearance to its common relative, Shepherd’s Purse, Shepherd’s Cress is classified as Near Threatened and close to imminent threat of extinction. Read on>

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Join the Surrey Hills Challenge

The Surrey Hills Challenge charity event is set to be one of the biggest sporting challenges in Surrey. A series of running and walking events will take in the Surrey Hills on Sunday 25th September 2016. Read on>

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Silent Pool schnapps takes Austria by storm

Silent Pool Distillery from Albury was the upstart that upset a centuries old tradition in Austria last week. The one year old company created its first range of Eaux de Vie which bowled over the judges at the World Best Schnapps Awards in Austria. Read on>

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North Down Way Trail call to businesses

The launch of the North Downs Way Google images presents opportunities to businesses along the trail to engage, and work with the North Downs Way National Trail in order to promote their products and services to visitors. Read on>

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North Downs Way Open for Business

The North Downs Way is to become the first National Trail in the UK to be fully captured by the Google Trekker. Earlier in the year the intrepid North Downs Way explorers headed out into the great British countryside with the Google Trekker to record a 360 degree panoramic experience of the trail. Read on>

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Running Routes in Surrey

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to scenic running routes in Surrey and if you haven’t yet dusted off your trainers since the Christmas festivities, then we hope this inspires you to do so. Read on>

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CowParade call to Surrey Businesses

Surrey Hills Enterprises is calling on the support of businesses to take part in CowParade 2016 – the world’s biggest public arts event to raise money for conservation and education projects in the Surrey Hills. Read on>

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England’s Finest Landscapes Join Forces

The National Association for AONBs (NAAONB) and National Parks England (NPE) signed an Accord last week which builds on and strengthens the significant joint working and collaboration that already exists at national and local level. Read on>

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