Explore Staffhurst Woods Oxted

2nd May 2021, 10:30 - 12:30





Start time: 10.30am for prompt 11am start


Finish time: 12.30pm




Staffhurst Woods has been continually wooded since Saxon times. Among the trees you can still see the fields, called ‘assarts’, that local people cut into the woodland around 700 years ago to grow crops. It was clear-felled for timber in the 1930s and much of its flora and fauna disappeared. It was further damaged during World War II, when it was used as a vast ammunition dump. Troops were stationed in the woods and two large bombs fell here. You can still see water holders and remains of various 20th century military buildings among the trees.

For the last 70 years, the wood has been managed to try and restore some of its former character and in recent times Surrey Wildlife Trust have been undertaking significant restoration work. Staffhurst is now home to 200 plant species and 288 species of moth. Lesser celandines, common spotted orchids and wood anemones have reappeared over the last few years. The beautiful woodland pond is home to newts and other amphibians.

Staffhurst Wood also has an extensive display of bluebells in early May – some of the most stunning in Surrey.

This event is not suitable for children, pushchairs, wheelchair users or anyone with mobility challenges.

This event must be booked in advance so we can limit numbers for everyone’s safety. We will comply with Government guidelines and social distancing measures will be adhered.    We will be walking in groups of 6 and will give you more detailed joining instructions once your booking is confirmed and nearer the time.

You should not attend if you are feeling unwell or show any COVID-19 symptoms and, if you need to cancel, please let us know.  If government advice alters prior to the event, we may implement changes or cancellation at short notice.

At this time we are taking online or telephone bookings only. We are currently not able to accept postal bookings.

Chris Howard recommends going to The Royal Oak – The Grumpy Mole, Caterfield Lane, Oxted RH8 0RR afterwards. Please book your own tables.

Enquiries please contact us at or on mobile 07530 949302.

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