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Making Space for Nature Art Exhibition

The Surrey Hills National Landscape is delighted to host an exhibition of 30 illustrations of Surrey Hills indicator species at Leith Hill Place, in response to their Making Space for Nature project. These 30 original artworks were specially commissioned by Read on>

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An extraordinary week with extraordinary people

Last week, we hosted 6 brilliant groups of displaced young people from Big Leaf Foundation for a series of nature-based activities at Surrey Outdoor Learning (SOLD). This project is funded by Natural England to empower connection with nature.  Connection to Read on>

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Update: Farming in Protected Landscapes fund

In the summer of 2021, Defra announced a new fund to benefit nature recovery across England’s National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The ‘Farming in Protected Landscapes’ (FiPL) scheme provides grants to farmers and land managers in Read on>

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Surrey Hills AONB boundary review update

In December 2021, Natural England kicked off the first phase of the Surrey Hills boundary review by asking for your engagement. It is looking to gather evidence within the evaluation areas identified* to help inform the decision to whether the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) boundaries should be extended into adjacent areas to the AONB.  Read on>

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Vibrant murals and maps transform bus shelters

A colourful makeover has transformed three bus shelters and created a useful information point for exploring Haslemere and the stunning surrounding countryside. The community has rallied round to bring a new lease of life to the shelters, which are located Read on>

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Gorse Dieback on our Heathlands

Gorse is a vital component of our natural habitats, and is home to many animals including Dartford Warblers who rely on dense gorse to overwinter in the UK. There is concern that significant amounts of gorse are becoming brown and Read on>

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Celebrating our night skies

A call to all to join our European friends in Switzerland for La Nuit est Belle! On the evening of May 21st, public lighting in the City of Geneva and surrounding communities will be switched off in a show of Read on>

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New ways to EXPERIENCE the Surrey Hills

We are delighted to be supporting fellow AONB, the Kent Downs, the North Downs Way National Trail and Visit Kent in an exciting new EXPERIENCE project. The project is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and aims to promote Read on>

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Off road

Off-road impact: 4×4 vehicles causing damage to Surrey Hills

Off Road motorised vehicles are having a major impact on the Surrey Hills. The popularity of these activities through the woods and commons of this designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), with new tracks being illegally carved out on private land, has increased during lockdown and creates tension with landowners and leisure users. Read on>

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Surrey Hills “Buy 1 in 5” Pledge

Supporting your local businesses with the Surrey Hills “buy 1 in 5” pledge Surrey Hills is inviting people in Surrey to pledge their support to buy local this Christmas and help the local economy and environmental sustainability. There are many Read on>

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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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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’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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Tillingbourne Tales

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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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

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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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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