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Notable Tree Collections in Surrey

Britain's most wooded area; sandy soils predominate and, in the west, conifers dominate the landscape more than in any other southern county. In the north, the Bagshot Sands are light and prone to summer droughts, but the Lower Greensand, which creates a band of high hills in the south, forms one of the best soils for trees. Because of the proximity of London, there are many rich estates and a wealth of old gardens. Only the sticky clays of the Weald and the high downs lack concentrations of Champions.


N.B. (PR) Private Residence. (NGS) National Garden Scheme. (NT) National Trust. (NTS) National Trust Scotland. (EH) English Heritage. (NR) Nature Reserve. (PU) Public Access - (check for opening times).

*Albury Park and House, Shere, Albury (PU) The gardens across the river from the mansion, designed by John Evelyn, are regularly open in summer; the residents' garden opens for the NGS. The picturesque Tillingbourne valley provides ideal conditions for many trees.
Bagshot Park, Bagshot (PU)
Brookwood Cemetery, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood (PU) 100ha, notable for its Giant Sequoia avenues.
Burford Lodge, Westhumble, Dorking (NT) Residents' garden.
*Busbridge Lakes, Godalming (NGS) Check for open days. Fine and old trees.
Coverwood House, Peaslake Road, Ewhurst Coverwood Lakes, below, opens under the NGS.
Crowhurst church. (PU) One of the largest Yews.
Ewell Court Park, Ewell Court Avenue, West Ewell (PU) Public park.
Gatton Hall (The Royal Alexandra and Albert School), Rocky Lane, Redhill (PU) The historic gardens are regularly open.
*Grayswood Hill, Highercombe Road, Haslemere (NGS) Check for open days. One of the most extensive private tree collections in Britain.
Hambledon church. (PU) One of the largest Yews (SE).
Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Okewood, Ockley (PU) Regularly open. Part of the Leith Vale estate, a once-famous garden with many rare plantings.
*Hydon Nurseries, Clock Barn Lane, Hydon Heath, Godalming (PR) Many rare trees in the nursery garden.
*Knaphill and Slocock Nursery, Barrs Lane, Woking (PR/PU) The old nursery gardens with many rare trees are open weekdays.
*Leith Hill, Dorking. (NT) (PU open access).
*Nonsuch Park, Ewell (PU) Historic public park.
Oatlands Hotel, Oatlands Drive, Weybridge (PR) Some historic plantings.
Old Kiln Museum, Reeds Road, Tilford, Farnham (PU) Open most days; Rural Life museum with a young arboretum.
*Painshill Park Landscape Garden, Cobham (PU) Open most days. Some old and unusual trees.
Polecat Copse, Lion Lane, Haslemere (NT) (PU open access). A sheltered valley woodland with some of England's tallest trees.
Priory Park, Reigate. (PU) Public park; some very tall tree in the woods on the greensand ridge S of the lake
*Ramster, Chiddingfold (PU) Open daily through spring; mature woodland garden.
Royal Holloway & Bedford College, Englefield Green (PU) London University. Extensive arboretum developed in the 1960s
**Surrey University Campus, Guildford (PU) Open access. Extensive and ongoing plantings of rare trees.
Sutton Place, Sutton Green, Guildford (NGS) Check for open days.
Tandridge church. (PU) One of the largest Yews.
**Windsor Great Park Surrey's corner of the Park encompasses the Savill Garden (PU open daily), and the eastern half of the Valley Gardens (PU open access): woodland gardens developed since the 1930s, with a vast range of rare trees. National Collection of Magnolia. (See also Berkshire).
**Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming (NT) Open daily. The arboretum was developed by Wilfred Fox in a spectacular hillside setting from the 1930s and specialises in maples and Sorbus.
**Wisley RHS Garden, Ripley, Byfleet (PU) Open daily (RHS members only on Sundays). The RHS' flagship garden since 1903: pinetum, woodland garden and a large young arboretum.
Woking Park, Kingfield Road, Woking (PU) Public park.
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