SANG stands for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace. These areas are created as enhanced and attractive green spaces that provide an enjoyable natural environment for recreational use and are provided as an alternative to the Thames Basin Heaths Special Protection Area (SPA).
The Thames Basin Heaths SPAs are internationally important heathland sites that support rare birds such as the Dartford warbler and Nightjar that who are highly sensitive to visitors. SANGs are therefore provided to encourage recreational use to reduce pressure on the SPA.
Our SANG sites all have differing features; in some there are streams and ditches, others we have woodland and open heath. In all the sites we establish high quality habitats that provide a rich wildlife interest. We sustainably manage these areas encouraging all native species of flora and fauna.
When people visit our SANG sites each one is a slightly different countryside experience. All SANG sites have circular routes that you can walk around of differing lengths depending on the site.
Chobham Place Woods, Off Windsor Road (B383) GU24 8TN
Chobham Water Meadows, High Street, Chobham, GU24 8LZ
Chobham Water Meadows is a scenic and peaceful 23.5 hectare SANG site. This beautiful location offers many natural paths for walking and includes a 2.5k circular route along the banks of the River Bourne. Visitors are welcome to exercise their dogs, to cycle, to run, or just to amble through this special place taking in the meadow vistas, woodland boundaries and the gentle River Mill Bourne. Also part Site of Importance for Nature Conservation (SINC). 2 hours free parking, 2m height restriction.
St Catherine’s SANG, St Catherine’s Road, Frimley, GU16 8NS
A small 1.62 hectare site in an urban setting in Frimley, near to the old Clewborough School playing field site. The site comprises native trees, shrubs grassland and a footpath network. This small open meadow is a haven for wildlife and wildflowers, as well as there being bluebells on site. There are a number of corridors providing dedicated pedestrian access through the site that link St Catherine’s Road and Frith Hill Way to the east with Buckingham Way to the west. There is very limited parking on site.
Windlemere SANG, Windlesham Road, GU24 9QL
Windlemere Community Orchard
Planted in November 2022, a partnership project between Surrey Heath Borough Council, West End Village Society and Surrey Heath Tree Wardens. This orchard contains a variety of native species including Apple, Pear, Plum, Cherry and Walnut. A community project that will bring an abundance of fruit in the future for all to pick.