Map of the Surrey County Council ward boundaries

Having previously described the upcoming Surrey County Council election on May 4th. Those readers curious about the ward boundaries for such as snazzily named Camberley East and Camberley West, should click on the map below, which links to the County Council website, and there you can expand it down to street level.

My following articles will post the statement of nominations for each of Surrey Heath’s six wards.

Election for councillors in Surrey Heath to Surrey County Council

There are local government elections on 4th May for councillors to Surrey County Council. There are six county council wards in Surrey Heath, each electing one councillor,

  1. Bagshot, Windlesham and Chobham 
  2. Camberley East
  3. Camberley West
  4. Frimley Green and Mytchett
  5. Heatherside and Parkside
  6. Lightwater, West End and Bisley

My observations are that some wards are have more candidates than others – Heatherside and Parkside ward has 7 candidates while Camberley East ward has just 3, the other wards have variously 4, 5 or 6 candidates.

The three major political party’s are represented in each ward, while UKIP and the Green Party are standing in just 4 of the 6 wards. Unusually, there are also a few candidates standing as independents, not a popular thing for Surrey Heath, although elsewhere in Surrey non-politically aligned candidates are more common.

I also note that there are many new candidates at this election, which is always good to see, as new people bring fresh enthusiasm and energy to their wards and to the county council.

I’ll post the statement of persons nominated for each over the next week – one a day.

Where to See Five of the Planet’s Most Mysterious Geoglyphs

A geoglyph in the UK features in this article on April 20th 2017 Where to See Five of the Planet’s Most Mysterious Geoglyphs in the Smithsonian Magazine.

The Oxford dictionary defines geoglyph as – A large-scale image or design produced in the natural landscape by techniques such as aligning rocks or gravel or removing soil or sod, the complete form of which is visible only aerially or at a distance.

It’s surprising and pleasing that the Uffington White Horse in Oxfordshire is regarded as one of the five most mysterious geoglyphs. Research into the age of the Uffington White Horse considers it to have been created between 1200 BC and 800 BC, making it over 3,000 years old. There’s more about the White Horse at Wiltshire White Horses, and the National Trust. Below is a NASA satellite image of the Uffington White Horse.

Community Fund Grants awarded to local groups

Surrey Heath Borough Council announce that

Local not-for-profit organisations and groups will receive support from Surrey Heath Borough Council through the latest round of its Community Fund Grant Scheme.

Photo credit: Nicolas Young

The grant scheme provides grants of up to £25,000 to assist groups and organisations in Surrey Heath, with projects which will benefit local communities.

Local groups or organisations have the chance to apply for funding twice a year, with new applications agreed by the council’s decision-making Executive. Following the SHBC Executive meeting on 4 April:

  • Chobham Village Hall Charity will be awarded £5,000 to rebuild and resurface the existing car park, to make it safe and free from flooding. This traditional village hall hosts a wide variety of community events, shows, clubs and meetings.
  • Windlesham and Camberley Camera Club will receive £1,484 towards the purchase of a replacement digital projector. The club meets weekly at St Paul’s Church, Camberley.
  • West End Bowls Club requested £25,000 as a contribution towards the extension of the clubhouse facilities. This application was deferred, pending the submission of necessary quotes.

Applications to the Community Fund Grant scheme are considered twice a year, with deadlines of 30 June and 31 December. Corporate Portfolio Holder Cllr Josephine Hawkins said: “Providing these grants helps Surrey Heath residents to benefit from the services provided by local community groups, which we are pleased to support. This funding is a great opportunity for local groups who may need support for worthy projects – I would encourage them to get in touch and apply for the next round of grants before 30 June.”

Full details about the scheme can be found at:

Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger spring update for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog

The entrances to the heathland off Red Road, and into Brentmoor Heath display a Spring update notice from Ben Habgood, the Surrey Wildlife Trust ranger for Brentmoor Heath and Folly Bog. He can be contacted at

In Ben’s Spring update notice he mentions to be on the lookout for orchids, which he says can be seen from mid-May onwards. I walked on the track alongside Folly Bog yesterday and found no evidence of their arrival. But then I’m no botanist. I’ll make a trip down to Folly Bog and see I can spot signs of the Early Marsh Orchid.

I think nature is a bit late this year. Our large camellia has only recently ended its flowering. In the past it’s finished its flowering in January.  [Click on the image to expand].

Wych Hazel at Cyril Hart Arboretum

Another of our walks, with friends, in the Forest of Dean was to the Cyril Hart Arboretum. It’s a compact arboretum, benefiting from having the tree names on labels, so often missing at National Trust gardens, making it fun to guess the tree name before reading the label.

Got a couple right, Wellingtonia, coastal redwood and common oak. O the large variety of pines left the only one I got close to getting correct was the Scots Pine, and even then with so many similar pines I wasn’t sure. If you’r in the area, it well worth a visit. There’s plenty of forest walks nearby and the Speech House Hotel for post walk refreshments.

There was one tree/plant in flower – Fothergilla major – American wych hazel – which presented its flower at eye-level. Here’s my photos of it – click on photos to expand.