blackheath

Blackheath Common covers 250 acres of lowland heathland. The area around Blackheath village and to the south and east is leased and managed by Waverley Borough Council and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). The National Trust and Albury Estate manage parts of Blackheath Common to the north and east within the Guildford Borough Council area. Blackheath lies east of the B2128 and south of the A248. It consists of dry lowland heathland, including acid grassland and woodland blocks, lying on Bargate and Folkstone beds of the Lower Greensand.

Finding Us

There are two car parks, to find them please use the postcodes below if using a Sat Nav:

  • Blackheath Lane GU4 8RB
  • Littleford Lane (Height Barrier) GU4 8QZ

by bus

  • Chilworth: Arriva bus routes 21, 22 and 32 run from Guildford to Dorking (alight at Chilworth Station) every 30 mins.  NB: No service Sundays.
  • Blackheath: Carlone/Surrey County Council bus route 523 from Guildford to Milford Hospital runs once per day (NB: Monday to Fridays only).
  • Wonersh: Arriva bus routes 53 and 63 run from Guildford to Cranleigh every 20 minutes on weekdays, hourly service on Sundays.

Bus times are subject to change, please refer to Surrey County Council for up to date timetables for all above routes.

Site Ranger

James - contact the Parks and Countryside Team for more details on 01483 523394 or parks&countryside@waverley.gov.uk

Blackheath Felling Licence application

The council has a felling licence granted by the Forestry Commission to further the management of this important site, and enhance its ecological and landscape value.

The majority of the Blackheath is designated as a Site of Special Scientific interest (SSSI), as it still represents a significant area of lowland heathland, an internationally important habitat which has suffered considerable losses (over 85% in the last 200 years). Waverley Borough Council, as manager of the site, is duty bound to maintain and enhance this habitat under the direction and guidance of Natural England.

We are currently felling parts of Blackheath Common to restore heathland and to create connections between isolated blocks of existing heathland. We have a licence to carry out this work.  We will be carrying out scrub management on the common starting on the 1 February 2016, please check our site notices for more details.

Management 

The felling proposals are linked to the delivery of a 10 year grant-funded Higher Level Stewardship scheme, through Natural England, which is designed to restore and enhance the ecological value of this site.

As of 2015 the site also now has a 10 year management plan for Blackheath Common, which sets out a series of objectives to be achieved. The plan sets out how the common is to managed, for both wildlife and people, over the next ten years and includes provisions to install a silt trap uphill of the crossroads in Blackheath village to alleviate flooding problems during heavy rain. Consultation with local residents and the parish council was been a key component of the plans’ development and continued work throughout the management plan. 

Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 07/04/2017 13:25