About our National Landscape

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The Surrey Hills was one of the first landscapes in the country to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1958. Stretching across rural Surrey, this magical National Landscape covers a quarter of the county.

National Landscapes are on par with the UK’s National Parks, each National Landscape is an outstanding landscape whose distinctive character and natural beauty is so precious that it is safeguarded in the national interest. National Landscapes are designated to conserve and enhance an area of outstanding natural beauty for people and nature.

The Surrey Hills works to conserve and support people, place, nature and mitigate climate change as a National Landscape, which is made up of five ‘family’ members to deliver the management plan.

Surrey Hills Family

Further information


Frensham ponds in the winter from above

What is a National Landscape?


Meet the team

Ali Clarke

Programme Manager, Surrey Hills Arts

Christa Emmett

Projects & Volunteer Coordinator, Surrey Hills Society

Emma Cole

Communications Lead

Jenna Emmerton

Environmental Land Management Adviser

Kate Chapman

Marketing Officer, Surrey Hills Enterprises

Maggie Howell

Marketing Manager, Surrey Hills Enterprises

Patrick Haveron

Events Officer, Surrey Hills Enterprises

Rob Fairbanks


Sarah Thiele

FiPL Programme Manager
Wendy Varcoe

Wendy Varcoe MBE

Director, Surrey Hills Enterprises

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