Surrey Hills Talk – write-up

Surrey Hills AONB and ‘Love Local’ Talk by Kenneth Bare on 11 December 2012

Chiddgreen welcomed Ken and the audience with spiced mulled apple-juice and festive biscuits, and rounded the evening off  with a lively discussion.

Illustrating his talk with stunning photographs, Ken took us on a journey: to the north and east, chalk grasslands support a diversity of flora and fauna, including wild flowers, herbs and mosses. Further south, the area is characterized by woodlands, with 40% woodland cover, with shaws, old coppice, wooded ghylls, parkland trees, small carrs and conifer plantations. Ancient semi-natural woodland is important for nature conservation and the yew and box woodlands on the North Downs are of international importance.

The Surrey Hills ‘Love Local’ initiative provides a directory of local and sustainable business based in the Surrey Hills. From tangy blue cheese to award winning wine, hand-blown glass to restaurants with rooms, the area boasts a wide range of independent companies and artisans committed to showcasing the best of Surrey.

By choosing to ‘love local’ you are supporting small scale sustainable businesses and independent traders, which in turn keeps rural communities thriving and helps to conserve the landscape.

These diverse produce, crafts, activities and places to stay bring life to our landscape. You can find a directory and a map  at


Chiddgreen AGM is on 5 March at 7:30pm in the New Chiddingfold Club ‘The Villagers’ on Woodside Road opposite the Vet, followed by a short talk to be confirmed.

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