Surrey County Council (SCC) has today (18 October) launched its long-term vision for the Norbury Park Estate. The vision seeks to establish an appropriate balance between nature recovery, recreation and public engagement for the benefit of Surrey’s residents.
Norbury Park has been owned by SCC since the early 1930s and is a much-valued resource for recreation, farming, woodland and nature. The 1,340-acre park is within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and comprises mixed woodland and farmland with pockets of chalk downland and water meadow. Paths, trails and tracks provide opportunities for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, with the estate being well used by the local community.
Working with partners and the community, SCC hope to improve the natural environment across Norbury Park and enhance the role it plays in providing access to nature and outdoor recreational activities for the community.
Outcomes of the Norbury Park vision are.
- To ensure that Norbury Park’s natural capital and landscape assets are in the best possible condition and performing as well as they can in terms of carbon storage and sequestration, water flow regulation (natural flood management), water and air quality regulation.
- To make Norbury Park a better place for nature as well as for people.
- To make Norbury Park easier to access, explore and enjoy, in particular by groups currently under-represented in the use of the countryside and its associated benefits for health and wellbeing.
SCC will engage with a range of stakeholders, community representatives and the public this autumn to define the long-term strategy for the management of Norbury Park. Feedback will be taken into consideration and a final vision document published to enable and implement projects.
Marisa Heath, Surrey County Council Cabinet Member for Environment, said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for Surrey residents to help shape the future of one of our flagship countryside sites. The Council’s aim is not to radically change Norbury Park, rather to build on its heritage, natural beauty and sense of place to create more opportunities for enjoyment and nature. The ambition is to move towards a nature led approach to managing the whole of Norbury Park to maximise the contribution the estate makes to climate change, biodiversity and public recreation”.
Detailed proposals for the Norbury Park Estate can be found in the vision document click here to view.
To share your views on Surrey County Council’s emerging vision for Norbury Park please visit https://www.surreysays.co.uk/environment-and-infrastructure/norbury-park-vision-consultation
The consultation period will run from 19 October to 29 November 2021.