Surrey

Future of Surrey beauty spots discussed

Couple on a bench in Worplesdon, Surrey
Image caption The consultation affects Thursley, Ockley, Elstead, Royal and Bagmoor Commons, near Farnham.

The future of some of Surrey's most popular beauty spots is to be discussed at a series of drop-in sessions.

Many of the county's heathlands boast a diverse wildlife and are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Surrey Wildlife Trust said the common land was popular with users but many areas faced a threat from invading scrub, trees and grasses.

The consultation affects Thursley, Ockley, Elstead, Royal and Bagmoor Commons, near Farnham.

The trust wants to discuss the methods available to maintain the open heath and prevent a shift to grassland.

Techniques to remove invading scrub include controlled burning, grazing, mowing, or by using hand tools such as chainsaws.

The first of eight drop-in-sessions takes place at Thursley Village Hall between 1000 and 1600 BST on Saturday.

The consultation is being carried out by SWT in partnership with Natural England and the Ministry of Defence, which uses part of the Commons for training exercises.

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