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).

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.

Locations of play areas in the borough can be found by visitng the My Surrey Heath webpage.

Loman Road Recreation Ground

Loman Road playground is being refurbished. Voting for your favourite playground design for this playground has now closed. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Watchetts Recreation Ground 

The winning design for the new playground at Watchetts Recreation Ground in Camberley has been announced.
After a public vote in August on a shortlist of four potential designs, the overwhelming winner was the HAGS design.
The exciting new facility will feature two multi-play units, a viper swing, a trampoline, a carousel, swings, roundabout and springers.
Work on the new playground is due to start in mid-November.
Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
Watchetts Recreation Ground Winning Design

Old Dean Recreation Ground update

The new £210k Old Dean playground is now open.

New playground at The Old Dean

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

Week Commencing  Closing Time
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
  • The Obelisk, Camberley Park, GU15 3HY 
Due to ongoing problems with anti social behaviour and vandalism the area around the Obelisk in Camberley Park has been locked to protect his Grade 2 Listed structure. 
If you would like to access the Obelisk, please call the SHBC Contact Centre on 01276 707100 or email, to make an appointment.  

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 Café, the final playground design was chosen following an extensive consultation process and public vote held by SHBC earlier this year.  For more information, please visit the Lightwater Country Park webpage.

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 Café is open Monday-Friday10am-5pm, Saturday-Sunday 9am-5pm. For more information, please visit the Frimley Lodge Park webpage.

The new playgound is now open and more information can be found by visiting the New Frimley Lodge Park Playground webpage.

New playground at Frimley Lodge Park

Chobham Common

Chobham Common is famed for its walks and views.  For more information, please visit the Chobham Common webpage.

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.  For more information, please visit the Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) webpage.

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 by visiting the Basingstoke Canal website.

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. More information can be found by visiting the Blackwater Valley website.

Open Spaces in Surrey Heath

There are a number of parks and open spaces in Surrey Heath. To view a complete list, please visit the Open Spaces webpage.

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. To find out more about woodlands in Surrey Heath, please visit the Woodlands webpage.


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.

To view Parish Council contact details, please visit the Parish Council Contact Details webpage.

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


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