Parks & Playgrounds

Coronavirus Update

Playgrounds across the Borough will re-open on Saturday 4 July.  Social distancing and other hygiene guidance applies.
Please observe social distancing guidelines wherever possible:
  • If this play area is crowded, do not enter if you cannot safely stay at a distance from others.
  • Please clean/wash your hands before you enter the play area if possible
  • Do not visit a park or play area if you have any symptoms - fever, coughs, shortness of breath.
  • Please follow Public Heath England advice on hygiene and wash your hands as soon as you get home. 
  • Please take all your litter home with you where possible to help keep our parks and play areas litter free.
Government guidance on social distancing and maximum group sizes should be followed. This will be kept under constant review, subject to further announcements from the Government.
For more information on how this service is affected by Coronavirus, please visit the Coronavirus Information Surrey Heath Webpage.

Grounds Maintenance Contract 

The Council's current grounds maintenance contractor, Sodexo Ltd, who were awarded the contract in February 2019, has advised that they are unwilling to continue to deliver the contract for the full term.  

As such, Surrey Heath Borough Council is re-tendering this contract in accordance with the Council's Standing Orders (procurement rules).


Park Opening and Closing Times

​These opening and closure times apply to the following parks: 
  • London Road Recreation Ground, GU15 3QH
  • Watchetts Recreation Ground, GU15 2SR
  • Frimley Green Recreation Ground, GU16 9AP
  • Frimley Lodge Park, GU16 6HY
  • Lightwater Country Park, GU18 5RG
  • Mytchett Recreation Ground, GU16 6JD
  • Crabtree Car Park, GU15 2TA

Park Opening Times

  • Monday-Saturday - 7:30am
  • Sunday - 8:00am

Park Closing Times

Monday 20 January 4:30pm
Monday 10 February 5:00pm
Monday 24 February 5:30pm
Monday 9 March 6:00pm
Monday 30 March (BST) 7:30pm
Monday 20 April 8:00pm
Monday 4 May 8:30pm
Monday 25 May 9:00pm
Monday 22 June 9:30pm
Monday 27 July 9:00pm
Monday 10 August 8:30pm
Monday 24 August 8:00pm
Monday 7 September 7:30pm
Monday 21 September 7:00pm
Monday 5 October 6:30pm
Monday 26 October (GMT) 4:30pm
Monday 23 November 4:00pm

Parks/Open Spaces 

Lightwater Country Park

A fantastic new playground has opened at Lightwater Country Park. Installed at its new location next to Lightwater Country Park Cafe, the final playground design was chosen following an extensive consultation process and public vote held by SHBC earlier this year. 

Lightwater Country Park playground design

Frimley Lodge Park

Frimley Lodge Park is an excellent open space with beautiful, mature woodlands and wide open areas, and many attractions for everyone. Frimley Lodge Cafe open Monday-Friday10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm.

The new Frimley Lodge Park playground is now open after a £150k makeover!

New playground at Frimley Lodeg Park

Chobham Common

Chobham Common is famed for its walks and views.

Chobham Water Meadows 

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.

Basingstoke Canal

The Surrey and Hampshire Canal Society has restored navigation to the 32 mile Basingstoke Canal, from Odiham in Hampshire to the Wey Navigation in Surrey. More information can be found at

Blackwater Valley

The Blackwater Valley is maintained as an open space along the borders of the English counties of Berkshire, Hampshire and Surrey. It runs for approximately 30 km, from the source of the River Blackwater at Rowhill Nature Reserve near Aldershot in the south, northwards to Swallowfield where the river joins the River Whitewater and then the Loddon. Find out more at


Children's Play Areas

Play is essential to a child's physical, mental and emotional development. Surrey Heath Borough Council encourages a healthy lifestyle through fun and play.

View locations of play areas in the borough using My Surrey Heath.

Old Dean Recreation Ground update

We are refurbishing the play area at Old Dean Recreation Ground with a new updated facility.  Funding has been secured from planning infrastructure contributions and Accent Housing who are also supporting the project.

March 2020

Thank you to everyone who took part in our consultation on the new Old Dean Play area.  The following design has been chosen.

Work on the new play area is expected to start mid-April with a target completion date in June. 

We are working closely with the ward councillors, local schools and ODCoG on this scheme, and will post updates on this page as the project progresses.

For more information, please contact


Open Spaces in Surrey Heath

There are a number of parks and open spaces in Surrey Heath. View a complete list.

Open Space Regulations

Our Parks and Open Spaces are covered by a number of rules and regulations, including a list of Byelaws. Please note that portable barbeques and fires are not permitted within any park or open space, unless arranged directly with the Council. The operation of remote controlled model aircraft, cars and boats are not permitted within Surrey Heath parks and open spaces.



Although the major habitat within Surrey Heath is Heathland, the Borough also contains a good selection of woodlands. Find out more about woodlands in Surrey Heath.


The allocation and management of land set aside for personal cultivation. In the four parishes within the Borough, allotments are administered by the Parish Councils.

View Parish Council contact details

In the urban areas Camberley and District Horticultural society provide allotments. Please contact Fiona Mapperley at Secretary of Camberley and District Horticultural Society for more information on a number of allotment sites on Crown Land in Surrey Heath.


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