News Stories


COVID-19 & Access to the Countryside

In light of the changing situation with the Coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic we want to reinforce the Government’s message and urge people to stay local and observe social distancing to help restrict the spread of the virus. Read on>

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Surrey Hills Events 2020

We have a fantastic range of events planned for 2020 to help you explore and enjoy the inspiring landscape, arts, crafts, food and drink of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Read on>

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Supporting Sustainability in the Surrey Hills

2019 saw a dramatic increase in awareness of environmental and sustainability issues affecting both individuals and organisations, with 75% of UK businesses feeling that they have a role to play in delivering the United Nations Sustainable Development goals (UNSDG’s)* Whilst Read on>

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Surrey Hills Symposium 2019

A Surrey Hills Symposium took place at the end of November at the University of Surrey in Guildford, bringing together Health Care professionals and academic researchers to look at the benefits of landscape to society. Read on>

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Award nominations for Surrey Hills Businesses

It is an exciting week for Surrey Hills Businesses as many of them have been nominated or shortlisted for a series of top business awards including:- Mandiras Kitchen – Finalist in the Corporate Social Responsibility Excellence, Surrey Business Awards 2019 Read on>

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Surrey Hills welcomes Landscapes Review

The much anticipated review of protected landscapes warns that new challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and a changing, urban society mean that new approaches are needed to enhance England’s most-loved landscapes. Read on>

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Surrey’s Rural Economy Conference 2019

Business & the Environment Climate change, environmental sustainability and the rural economy were the challenging and urgent issues covered by leading Speakers at Surrey’s Rural Economy Conference organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises on Friday 12th July, generously sponsored by Barclays Read on>

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Family Summer Workshops beneath the trees

Exciting new range of events for youths and families combining wild cookery, natural arts and crafts and woodland feasts at Surrey Hills Trade Marked Member The Salt Box The award-winning The Salt Box have just launched a new range of Read on>

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Be a part of the next ‘Inspiring View’

A new fundraising campaign has been launched to restore a lost viewpoint on the North Downs Way National Trail. Just a short walk from Newlands Corner the trees and undergrowth have grown up significantly, closing off views across the Weald Read on>

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Simply the best bug hotel in the world!

SHERE CRAFTSMEN AND ALBURY VINEYARD CREATE A 5-STAR HOTEL FOR LUCKY BUGS   A giant hotel created by Shere Kitchens for creepy crawlies in Albury Vineyard is probably the most 5-star, luxurious accommodation that any bug, bee or beetle could Read on>

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Surrey Hills Society receives The Queens Award

More than 70 Surrey Hills Society volunteers have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in support of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), as a result of the Surrey Hills Society receiving The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Read on>

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Closer to Care campaign

Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity launches new fundraising appeal Closer to Care which aims to transform care for premature or sick babies and their families – putting them at the heart of their babies’ care and giving vulnerable newborns the Read on>

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From Rail to Trail at Oxted Station

Today saw the official unveiling of some eyecatching new artwork at Oxted Railway Station. The glass entrance porch to platform 2 has been transformed with a huge, colourful display promoting the 153 mile North Downs Way National Trail and access Read on>

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Small Blues about to fly in Surrey!

Staff and volunteers at the charity Butterfly Conservation are getting excited for the emergence of a particular butterfly in Surrey this year, the Small Blue (Cupido minimus). This species has been on the decline in Surrey for many years, in Read on>

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The return of Horseman’s Sunday

As Storm Hannah subsided and the sun shone again groups of horse riders and walkers flocked to St Martha’s – the picturesque church on the hill on Sunday 28 April to take part in a special and unique event. Horseman’s Read on>

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Escape for the weekend

Escape for the weekend

Whether you are planning an active walking weekend, a romantic getaway or a celebration, the Surrey Hills has so much to offer  – cycling, walking, vineyards, Michelin restaurants, rustic retreats, stunning views, arts and crafts and so much more. Make Read on>

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Visit Reigate Hill this Easter

Visit Reigate Hill this Easter and see some beautiful paper artworks on display at the 19th Century Fort. Local artist, Jane Ponsford has explored this special place and created some unusual paper art works that cleverly incorporate the materials of Read on>

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Putting the Nation’s Beauty First

It was rumoured today that the Glover Review of Designated Landscapes will recommend changing the branding of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty to Areas of Nationally Outstanding Beauty. The acronym AONB will be replaced by ANOB . Rob Fairbanks, Director Read on>

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New sculpture on Farnham Heath

There’s something new and very exciting appeared on Farnham Heath Nature Reserve this Spring and it’s caught the attention of the BBC! ‘The House of Invisible Hands’ is a permanent wooden structure constructed out of oak with walls of chestnut Read on>

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My Surrey Hills

My Surrey Hills is a series of videos focusing on people. What those people all have in common is the Surrey Hills and the love they have for the area that they live, work in or simply enjoy visiting. Each Read on>

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The Return of Horseman’s Sunday

Horseman’s Sunday returns for the 2nd year on Sunday 28 April 2019 at 14.30pm. This unique and special event takes place at St Martha’s church, on top of St Martha’s Hill where a special equestrian service is conducted by Reverend Read on>

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Office Coffee Club

Office Coffee Club

Team up with your colleagues for Surrey-roasted speciality coffee in your workplace and enjoy: Great tasting, competitively-priced coffee throughout your working day Cost-splitting and coffee voting features for your colleagues or company Taster packs so you can work out your Read on>

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Surrey Cook Book

The first ever Surrey Cook Book is due to be published to celebrate the very best of local food and drink across the County. The publication gives local businesses the chance to be featured and promote their business as well as showcasing Read on>

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Saving the White-letter Hairstreak Butterfly

Shere Kitchens have planted their first Elm trees in collaboration with Clandon Wood Nature Reserve to connect two populations of the rare butterfly and enhance the Surrey Hills. A fantastic collaboration between Surrey Hills Enterprises Members.     Four special elm Read on>

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Surrey Hills Wood Fair 2018

The Surrey Hills Wood Fair celebrated ‘all that’s good about wood’ with thousands of visitors in the beautiful setting of woodlands and meadows in the stunning Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Read on>

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Surrey Hills Symposium

Come along to the FREE Surrey Hills Symposium on 28 November to celebrate, be inspired and debate climate change, London’s growth, recreation, failing nature, farming and more.. Read on>

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Outstanding Week

The AONB Family has worked together to organise a week (and a bit) long programme of events to help people enjoy and be inspired by the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). Read on>

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Festival of Sport

The team at the Surrey Hills Challenge is making the event even bigger this year with the *NEW* Surrey Hills Festival of Sport. Set in the beautiful vineyards of Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking on Sunday 23rd September, the Festival is a FREE to attend event celebrating the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a fantastic area for outdoor activities, sport and exercise. Read on>

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No to drilling at Leith Hill

A sigh of relief could be heard across the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty yesterday as it was announced that energy firm Europa Oil & Gas would be withdrawing from exploratory drilling at Leith Hill Read on>

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Large scale artwork near Dorking

You may have seen something unusual in the Surrey Hills landscape this summer. On Milton Court Farm near Dorking is a large scale piece of artwork called Fossil Ocean Floor by artist Jonathan Parsons. Read on>

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Celebrating the Surrey Hills

An evening of celebration took place at Losely Park at the end of June to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Surrey Hills Society and the 60th anniversary of the Surrey Hills AONB. Hosted by Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey, Read on>

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Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden 2018

The Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden 2018 was officially opened by Michael More-Molyneux, Lord Lieutenant of Surrey and Patron of Surrey Hills Enterprises at the Preview event attended by 270 guests on Friday 4th May. Read on>

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Name the Surrey Hills Hare

We need your help. Our beautiful Surrey Hills Hare created by artist Charlotte Choi needs a name. Simply cast your vote below and the most popular name wins! Create your own user feedback survey The Surrey Hills Hare is part Read on>

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Surrey Hills Prints

To celebrate 60 years of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty we have collaborated with Illustrations & Prints to create 6 limited edition prints. Read on>

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Olympic Medallist launches hacking trails

Three time Olympic medallist and Surrey Hills resident Pippa Funnell MBE was on hand last week to help promote horse riding in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and to launch a series of new hacking trails. Read on>

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Celebrating 60 years

2018 is a significant milestone for the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as it marks the 60th anniversary of the designation. The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated in Read on>

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Merry Christmas

There’s lots to do in the Surrey Hills over the Christmas period. We’ve got some fantastic suggestions for walks and cycles. Click here to find out more  

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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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