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Surrey’s best woodlands…

March 5th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

Surrey is one of the most wooded counties in the UK, with 22.4% of the county being covered in woodland. This is great for the birds as well as providing a wonderful environment for people to live and enjoy.
 
After the cold winter months it looks as thought weather looks to improve this weekend, so if you are looking to venture out this weekend with your family and enjoy some of the best woods in Surrey, here is a list of the best 10 woodlands in Surrey:
 
Box Hill, Dorking

Box Hill is such a wonderful place to enjoy walks and picnics, and has been enjoyed for centuries, even the famous author Jane Austen mentioned it in the 19th century as a beautiful place.
 
Winkworth Arboretum, near Godalming
 
This is a wonderful place to visit at this time of year and later in spring when an abundance of Azaleas come into bloom.
 
Hammonds Copse, Newdigate
 
Historic coppicing in this woodland encourages wildlife to flourish, from tawny owls, chiffchaffs, sparrowhawks to butterflies. It’s a great place to see bluebells and wild daffodils when they come into flower.
 
Oaken Wood, Chiddingfold  

This peaceful woodland is managed by the Butterfly Conservation, and it is full of wildlife, including the purple emperor.
 
Birtley Brook Estate, Bramley

These comprise of 25 acres of ancient woodland, offering some of the widest habits and species in the UK, some of which are now rare. It’s a great place to explore with children.
 
Sheepleas, Horsley

This woodland is of Special Scientific interest as there are 300 acres of woodlands, covering a diverse range of landscapes, including chalk slopes and wildflower meadows, supporting a large range of wildlife. 
 
Rhododendron Wood, Leith Hill

These woodlands are open to the public all year around, and are a great place to explore some of Surrey’s woodland. The Rhododendron wood was planted in the late 19th Century and is stunning in spring and early summer.
 
Ashtead Common, Ashtead
 
This woodland is also a site of Scientific interest. It has a rare type of veteran pollarded oaks dating back to the 17th and 18th Centuries. The woodland has not changed for centuries, enabling visitors to step back in time and have the rare glimpse of rare and endangered species which take refuge in these woodlands.

Source: SurreyLife