Nature Events

2 adults and 2 children looking up at the sky in a forest/woods. One of the children is pointing up at something in the sky.


Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme

Make Steve Smile in 2022!
More than 1,300 Christmas trees were collected for recycling in Surrey Heath in January 2021, helping to make our Greenspace team leader Steve smile from ear to ear!  
The face of our real Christmas tree recycling scheme is hoping for an even bigger number of trees to be collected this time around – so bring your trees to one of our 15 free recycling points from 4-16 January 2022 and help #MakeSteveSmile!  
Once collected, the trees will be chipped, with the woodchips used to top up paths in our beautiful parks and green spaces. 
For more information including the locations where you can drop off your tree, check out the Christmas Tree Recycling Scheme page.

Winter Walks, Wreath Making and Festive Treasure Trails at Lightwater Country Park

Come and join us at our new education hut for some free festive fun for all the family this Christmas.
Wednesday 22 December, 11am-3pm
Free drop in activities including a festive treasure trail - find all the clues to claim your prize. 
Then come and say hello to the Thames Basin Heaths Partnership team - make a wreath from locally-sourced materials and find out about local countryside walks. 
You can also join in with guided walks throughout the day to find out about Lightwater’s amazing heathland habitat, and take a free seasonal wildlife spotter sheet along with you. 
Activities are perfect for the whole family - take home some free naturally-sourced craft items to continue the festive fun at home!
Visit the education hut next to the cafe to join in with the activities.

The Queen's Green Canopy

The Queen's Green Canopy The Platinum Jubilee 2022

What is the Queen’s Green Canopy

The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) is a tree planting initiative to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee in 2022. With a focus on planting sustainably, everyone from individuals to community groups across the United Kingdom are invited to “Plant a Tree for the Jubilee”.

How Can you Get Involved?

Everyone in Surrey Heath is welcomed to get involved and enhance our local environment by planting trees. The first official planting season will run between October 2021 to March 2022 and will commence again in October 2022, through to the end of the Jubilee year. 
Once planted, trees can be added to the Queen’s Green Canopy Map
We will be hosting events relating to the Queen’s Green Canopy so keep an eye on our website and social media to find out more. 

Advice for Tree Planting

It is important to select the right species and appropriate place for tree planting: 

Funding opportunities for Tree Planting

Funding is available for tree planting by schools and community groups:

Ancient Trees

As well as encouraging the planting of new trees, The Queen’s Green Canopy will dedicate a network of 70 Ancient Woodlands across the United Kingdom and identify 70 Ancient Trees to celebrate Her Majesty’s 70 years of service. 
Find out more about Ancient Trees and Woodland:

Trees in Surrey Heath

Find out more about trees in Surrey Heath:

Surrey Heath Climate Change Action Plan

Learn more about how we are responding to Climate Change by reading our Climate Change Action Plan