- Events at Norbury Park
Sun 28th Jul 13
Butterflies of Norbury Park
Wed 7th Aug 13
Work Party : Grassland management, e.g. cutting & raking
Wed 21st Aug 13
Work Party : Local task and volunteer social
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Norbury Park is a working landscape, with farms and a commercial sawmill (Norbury Park Wood Products). The park lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and consists of 520 hectares (1,300 acres). It is situated west of the River Mole and the A24 between Westhumble and the borders of Fetcham and Great Bookham.
The park is made up of a mixture of woodland, grassland and various areas of farmland. Due to the range of habitats it is an important haven for many plants and animals and a large part of the park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Some trees are coppiced (cut at ground level) to provide poles for fencing and charcoal-making. Hazel and sweet chestnut coppice add diversity to the woodland. Spring flowers grow under young coppice, while older bushes give cover for birds.
The variety of habitats at Norbury encourage a vast amount of wildlife. There are roe deer, badgers and foxes in the woodland, together with all three British woodpeckers (green, great spotted and the much smaller lesser spotted).
Three tenanted farms; Bocketts, Swanworth and Norbury Park occupy part of the area and our farmers (and their grazing animals) look after much of the land.
Bocketts Farm is a working family farm, providing a wonderful day out for visitors.
Norbury Blue Cheese is produced on Norbury Park Farm and is entirely hand made from the milk of the family closed herd of 90 fresian cows. All the fodder except soya is grown on the farm and is GM free, thus giving Norbury Blue its unique flavour and appearance. Norbury Blue is one of only two unpasteurised vegetarian blue cheeses in England. It is available throughout Surrey, Sussex and London. Local outlets are Surrey Produce in Dorking, Scoulers in Bookham and F. Connisbe & Son in Horsley. Please call Michaela for further information on 07799 231402.
Many of the woods in Norbury Park are managed to provide timber. Norbury Park Wood Products produces furniture, signs and picnic tables, and is FSC accredited. We replant with trees native to this area that are suited to the chalky soil (i.e. beech, yew, ash and cherry), gradually replacing the exotic species.
Norbury Park and its manor have been around for centuries; it's even mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086! The Locke family built the present Norbury Park House in 1774. Since that time the house has been altered and changed hands on numerous occasions. The house and its grounds are still in private ownership.
Norbury Park was the first area of countryside purchased by Surrey County Council in 1931, to protect it against development.
A visitor guide and self-guided trail leaflet is available for this reserve. Download your copy here.
Fetcham car park and Young Street car park are located off the A246 near Leatherhead.
Designation : SAC
Grid reference : TQ 158 538
Habitat : Chalk Grassland