Wild garlic

© Ross Hoddinott/2020VISION

Hidden between the houses of Rydes Hill, a green oasis in a suburban development and part of the Worplesdon group of commons. Managed on behalf of Surrey County Council.


Rydes Hill, Stoughton

OS Map Reference

SU 979 524
A static map of Chitty's Common

Know before you go

5 hectares

Parking information

No car park - access on foot from Keens Lane or Rydes Hill Road


Not suitable for wheelchair users or those with limited mobility


Dogs permitted

When to visit

Opening times

Open at all times

Best time to visit


About the reserve

Chitty's Common is part of the The Worplesdon group of commons, which comprises eight commons within the parish of Worplesdon near Guildford.

Chitty's is a local community common, hidden between the houses of Rydes Hill. This green oasis is a wildlife magnet whose importance is far greater than it's apparent size. The Common provides a rich mosaic of habitats (grassland, secondary and wet woodland on a former wood pasture site and a series of connecting ponds and ditches), which are valuable for many notable species of local and regional importance.

The Common is a place to view many species of butterflies flying across the open grassland, as well as small mammals, birds, bats, amphibians and invertebrates. The woodland areas have a nice selection of wildflowers, including large swathes of wild garlic. There is also plenty of important dead wood that is left in-situ to provide an ideal habitat for many invertebrates including the stag beetle.

Contact us

Contact number: 01483 795440
Contact email: info@surreywt.org.uk

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