Where to find best Green Flag parks in Surrey from walled garden to 350-year-old ruins

Residents in Surrey and visitors to the county are spoilt for choice when it comes to access to nature thanks to various commons, heathland, and National Trust properties spread throughout the Surrey Hills. In fact, every time a town or village in the area is named the best place to live – and let’s face it, it happens fairly regularly – open space is high on the list of reasons why.

Surrey accounts for nearly 20 per cent of all Green Flag-awarded parks in the Southeast with 33 out of the 183 owned and managed by councils or companies in the county. This includes historic sites like the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, the beautiful Castle Grounds in Guildford, and walled gardens in Sunbury.

Parks that fly a Green Flag have been ranked among more than 2,200 in the UK said to showcase the best on offer, according to the scheme which celebrates the highest standards of safety, accessibility, and cleanliness. Environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy described parks as vitally important to people’s physical and mental well-being and even estimated £2billion is saved every year in the treatment of avoidable ill health thanks to active visits.

Keep Britain Tidy Chief Executive Allison Ogden-Newton OBE commented on the list when it was announced and said: “Our parks continue to provide a vital sanctuary for communities to play, grow, and bond.” She continued: “Parks play a key role in the health and wellbeing of the nation not only in the physical and mental health of us all, but also in the environmental health of the planet.”

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Views across Great Pond at Epsom Common
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Where to find Surrey’s 33 Green Flag-awarded parks


  • Epsom Common Local Nature ReserveEpsom and Ewell Borough Council


  • Badshot Lea CemeteryFarnham Town Council

  • Gostrey MeadowFarnham Town Council

  • West Street CemeteryFarnham Town Council

  • Badshot Lea Pond and OrchardWaverley Borough Council

  • Bealeswood CommonWaverley Borough Council

  • Farnham ParkWaverley Borough Council

  • Frensham CommonWaverley Borough Council

  • Weybourne Nature ReserveWaverley Borough Council


  • Allen House GroundsGuildford Borough Council

  • Castle GroundsGuildford Borough Council

  • Chilworth Gunpowder MillsGuildford Borough Council

  • Onslow Recreation GroundGuildford Borough Council

  • Riverside Nature ReserveGuildford Borough Council

  • Stoke ParkGuildford Borough Council

  • Sutherland Memorial ParkGuildford Borough Council

  • Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Burial GroundNatural Burial UK Ltd

  • Blackheath CommonWaverley Borough Council

  • Stag Hill CampusUniversity of Surrey


  • Priory ParkReigate & Banstead Borough Council


  • Redhill Memorial ParkReigate & Banstead Borough Council


  • Staines CemeterySpelthorne Borough Council


  • Sunbury Walled GardenSpelthorne Borough Council

The Walled Garden, Sunbury Park
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  • Frimley Green Recreation GroundSurrey Heath Borough Council

  • Frimley Lodge ParkSurrey Heath Borough Council


  • Lightwater Country ParkSurrey Heath Borough Council

  • Windlemere SANGSurrey Heath Borough Council


  • Broadwater ParkWaverley Borough Council

  • Lammas LandsWaverley Borough Council

  • Mare HillWaverley Borough Council

  • Phillips Memorial ParkWaverley Borough Council


  • Summerlands EstateWaverley Borough Council


  • Brookwood CemeteryWoking Borough Council

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