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  • News Ministers accused of ‘environmental crime’ over South Downs oil drilling, (Aug 23, 2023)
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Surrey () is a ceremonial county in South East England and one of the home counties. It is bordered by Greater London to the northeast, Kent to the east, East and West Sussex to the south, and Hampshire and Berkshire to the west. The largest settlement is Woking.

The county has an area of 1,663 km2 (642 sq mi) and a population of 1,196,236. Much of the north of the county forms part of the Greater London Built-up Area, which includes the suburbs within the M25 motorway as well as Woking (103,900), Guildford (77,057), and Leatherhead (32,522). The west includes part of the Farnborough/Aldershot built-up area, which extends into Hampshire and Berkshire and has a total population of 252,397. The south of the county is rural, and its largest settlements are Horley (22,693) and Godalming (22,689). The county contains eleven local government districts, which are part of a two-tier non-metropolitan county also called Surrey. The county historically included much of south-west Greater London and excluded Staines-upon-Thames, which was part of Middlesex.

The defining geographical feature of the county is the North Downs, a chalk escarpment which runs from the south-west to north-east and divides the densely populated north from the more rural south; it is pierced by the rivers Wey and Mole, both tributaries of the Thames. The north of the county is a lowland, part of the Thames basin. The south-east is part of the Weald, and the south-west contains the Surrey Hills and Thursley, Hankley and Frensham Commons, an extensive area of heath. The county has the densest woodland cover in England, at 22.4 per cent.

Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]

Events[edit | edit source]

Regular events

Climate action[edit | edit source]

  • Talking Tree, Climate Emergency Centre and cafe on Staines High Street, projects include a Community fridge, added 10:45, 10 February 2022 (UTC)
  • What Next?, Godalming based environmental charity, added 10:22, 5 July 2021 (UTC)
  • Dorking Climate Emergency, Surrey based Climate action group, added 17:48, 23 June 2021 (UTC)
We Are Zero Carbon Guildford
Authors: Zero Carbon Guildford, Apr 25, 2021
  • Zero Carbon Guildford, helping the borough of Guildford reach carbon neutrality by 2030. Currently acquiring a space to act as a Climate Emergency Centre. added 15:30, 13 May 2021 (UTC)

Surrey declare climate emergency, July 2019[1]


Biodiversity[edit | edit source]

Open spaces[edit | edit source]

Community energy[edit | edit source]

In the United Kingdom the first sustainable community energy system was pioneered by Woking Borough Council, starting in 1991. The system uses traditional and a phosphoric acid fuel cell co-generation plants, thermal storage, heat fired absorption cooling and photovoltaics (over 9% of the UK's small capacity), to supply both residential and non-residential customers, as well as the Council's own facilities. By end of 2005 there were over 60 generating islands in the Borough.

Despite the investment in the plant, the system delivers cheaper energy than can be supplied from the traditional 'brown energy' suppliers, helping to tackle fuel poverty. It is part of a plan to cut local carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050. Their initiatives won the Council the Queen's Award for Enterprise in 2002. W

Action Surrey - Wikipedia: Woking, Energy policy

Cycling activism[edit | edit source]

Dorking Cycling Club

Food activism[edit | edit source]

Grace + Flavour, community fruit & vegetable-growing co-operative for East & West Horsley.

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit | edit source]

Farnham Repair Cafe on Facebook

Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]

Walking: Wikipedia: Footpaths in Surrey (category)


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The River Wey Navigation and Godalming Navigation together provide a 20-mile (32 km) continuous navigable route from the River Thames near Weybridge via Guildford to Godalming (commonly called the Wey Navigation). Both waterways are in Surrey and are owned by the National Trust. The River Wey Navigation connects to the Basingstoke Canal at West Byfleet, and the Godalming Navigation to the Wey and Arun Canal near Shalford. The Navigations consist of both man-made canal cuts and adapted (dredged and straightened) parts of the River Wey.

News and comment[edit | edit source]


  • News Appeal for water customers to be mindful when turning on the tap, (Jul 11, 2022) — South East Water is asking people to be mindful of the amount of water they are using as hot temperatures push up demand beyond levels expected for the time of year. Water latest,
  • News Building Community Action Through Climate Hubs, Transition Together (Feb 27, 2022) — guide to community-led climate hubs from Zero Carbon Guildford


Six key issues Surrey County Council must address, Sarah Finch, Extinction Rebellion Reigate & Redhill, Feb 3[3]


In July 2019, Surrey County Council declared climate emergency. Two months later, they gave the go-ahead to plans for four more oil wells at Horse Hill, near Gatwick. To highlight the dangers of more oil drilling in a time of climate emergency, there will be a demonstration in October. Sep 16[4]

20 years of oil production at Horse Hill approved, Sep 11[5]


Campaigners celebrate as oil drilling at Surrey Hills site is blocked, Sep 4[6]



How Farnham UK's Repair Café Takes a Bite Out of Waste, Feb 23[7]


Surrey moves away from incineration, Jan 6[8]


Woking: Solar canopy is 'gateway' to town, Sep 11[9]


Woking shines in providing renewable energy, Jan 26[10]

Resources[edit | edit source]

Maps[edit | edit source]

Surrey Interactive Map

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

Guildford Greenbelt Group

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Created March 3, 2014 by Phil Green
Modified January 16, 2024 by Felipe Schenone
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