Message from James Adler – Director of Land Management


Dear Resident,
I am writing to let you know about our concern over the impact of Ash die back disease on Norbury Park.

You may be aware that Ash die back disease (Chalara) is now prevalent throughout Surrey and the wider country. The disease has been spreading rapidly since it was first identified in the UK in 2012. Research highlights that over 95% of Ash trees are likely to be affected.

Infected trees unfortunately succumb to the disease from the canopy downwards. They can drop branches without warning during this process. Trees also become more susceptible to honey fungus which is capable of destroying root systems with the risk of sudden and unexpected tree failure. This year Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) has already removed 80 failing Ash trees across the estate we manage.

This means that Ash dieback is now creating an enhanced health and safety risk within our woods. We need to deal with this situation and keep people as safe as we can. Therefore I need to advise you that woodland operations will need to take place this winter in Norbury Park.

Once work is underway, pathways will only be closed if it is required for health and safety reasons and signage will be clearly displayed during this time. Pathways will be reopened as soon as possible after the works.

We are hosting a guided walk for residents and members of the public to talk through the planned work and the impact of the disease in more detail.

The walk will be held on Saturday 3rd November at 09.00 to 09.45am. This will give local people the opportunity to ask any questions. If you would like to attend the walk please let us know in advance by contacting us on or 01483 910 087 and we will be happy to provide you with the details.

For more information on Ash dieback please visit the Forestry Commission website:

Click here for the full briefing from Surrey Wildlife Trust

Bookham’s Green Spaces

Frances Fancourt

The July 2017 issue of the RHS magazine “The Garden” discusses the importance of plants and climate change. Every green leaf, big and small, takes carbon out of the atmosphere. This becomes locked underground, aiding the fight against climate change. Particularly good are hedges containing multiple plant varieties. They provide dense leaf cover, wildlife habitats, can provide year-round flowers and berries, and require minimal pruning. Instead of a bland wooden fence or a monoculture of conifer or laurel which require regular maintenance, consider a mix of shrub types around your property boundaries and make a positive contribution to the environment.

We are currently looking at improving the central shopping areas which involves both weed and branch clearance and some planting in conjunction with Mole Valley District Council. We also have a maintenance work list for trees around Bookham’s verges, cutting back growth along the Dorking Road footpath, dead tree removal in Park Way and The Lorne, and improving sight lines on the Lower Road approach to Howard of Effingham School. Dead or over-long branches will be pruned at various locations, and scruffy growth removed. There is never enough money to do everything, but we believe that we have made a difference over the past few years, operating with funds from Councillor Clare Curran’s Surrey County Council budget, and a small amount from the BRA when necessary. This also covers replanting.

We plan to plant trees in The Garstons, Pine Dean, Sole Farm Road, Crabtree Lane, Howard Road and Richmond Way this winter.

In July this year our founder Tree Warden, Lawrence Hole, died after a short illness. His legacy is the 100+ trees visible around our verges. If you would like to help us continue planting and caring for trees around Bookham, please call us to discuss what is involved. You could become a full Tree Warden or just help us with occasional tree planting and care.

Update – May 2018. There are now 130 trees planted by Bookham Tree Wardens and the Bookham Residents’ Association. Details are listed below

Tree Number:Location:Tree type:Comments
1The Dawnay SchoolPin Oak
2Polesden Lacey SchoolPin OakDied and replaced*
3Eastwick Junior SchoolPin OakDied
4Barn Hall FieldSweet ChestnutDied and replaced*
5Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
6Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
7Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
8Lower Road, 248Red MapleVandalised, replaced*
9Lower Road, corner The GarstonsMaple
10Chrystie Recreation GroundScots PineVandalised but living
11Chrystie Recreation GroundScots PineVandalised, died
12Chrystie Recreation GroundScots PineVandalised, died, replaced by MVDC
13A246 near Fairfield CloseMaple
14A246 Allen Road sectionOakDied, replaced*
15A246 Allen Road sectionCopper beechVandalised, replaced*
16Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab appleDied, replaced
17Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
18Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
19Crabtree LaneFlowering Japanese crab apple
20Polesden Lacey School replacement treeOakReplaced (*See 2),damaged
21DownswayRed Maple
23Blackthorne RoadScarlet Hawthorn
24Blackthorne RoadRed leaf prunus
25Halepit RoadSilver birch
26Halepit RoadWhitebeam
27Howard RoadRed hawthornStrimmed, dying?
28Howard RoadWhitebeam
29Hilltop RiseAmelanchier
30Hilltop RiseScarlet Hawthorn
31Hilltop RiseSorbus
32Dawnay RoadPrunus padus waterii
33Dawnay RoadPrunus padus waterii
34Dawnay RoadPink hawthorn
35Barn Hall field replacement treeOak(*See 4)
36A246 Allen Road section replacementOak(*See 14)
37A246 Allen Road section replacementCopper beechKilled by Gas Board, shortly to be replaced (*See 15)
38Kennel Lane, FetchamMaple
39Lower Road near Eastwick Park AveMaple
40The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
41The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
42The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
43The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
44The GarstonsWinter flowering cherryDied, replaced*
45The GarstonsWinter flowering cherry
46The Garstons replacement treeWinter flowering cherry(*See 44)
47Crabtree Lane replacement treeFlowering crab apple(*See 16)
48Mead CrescentAmelanchier
49SCC field off Barn Hall field/Mead Cres.Amelanchier
50Mead CrescentFlowering crab apple
51248 Lower Road replacement treeRed maple(*See 8)
524 Barn Meadow LanePink flowering cherry
536 Barn Meadow LanePink flowering cherry
548 Barn Meadow LanePink flowering cherry
5562a Barn Meadow LanePurple leaf prunus
56Tudor CloseWhite bark birch
57Sheridans RoadWhite flowering cherry
58Sheridans RoadWhite flowering cherry
5924 Durleston Park AvenueSorbus
6029 Durleston Park AvenueSorbus
61Durleston Park AvenueSorbus
62Eastwick Drive near MeadowsideWhite Hawthorn
63Hawkwood RiseWeeping copper beech
64Hilltop RisePurple leaf plum
6525 Eastwick Park AvenueWinter flowering cherry
6626 Eastwick Park AvenueWinter flowering cherry
67Eastwick Park AvenueMongolian lime
68Richmond WayWhite bark birch
69Richmond WayWhite bark birch
70Richmond WayMaple variety
71Richmond WayMaple variety
72Richmond WayMaple variety
73Richmond WayMaple variety
74Richmond WayMaple variety
75Richmond WayMaple variety
76Richmond WayMaple variety
77Richmond WayMaple variety
78Richmond WayMaple variety
79HarecroftMaple variety
80HarecroftMaple variety
82Allen RoadFlowering cherry
83Allen RoadFlowering cherry
84Allen RoadFlowering cherry
85Allen RoadFlowering cherry
86Vicarage CloseSorbus
87Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
88Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
89Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
90Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
91Lower RoadOriental hawthorn
92Lower ShottWinter flowering cherry
93Beales RoadWinter flowering cherry
94Beales RoadPrunus
95Beales RoadHawthorn
96Eastwick Park Avenue fieldSilver birch
97A246 Allen Road sectionSweet chestnut
98Barn Meadow Lane greenSorbus
99Barn Meadow Lane greenStrawberry Tree
100Barn Meadow Lane greenPrunus
101SCC field off The GarstonsOak (quercus robur)
102SCC field off The GarstonsWeeping pear (Pyrus pendula)
103SCC field off The GarstonsLilquidamber syraciflua
104The GarstonsPrunus horinjii
105The GarstonsPrunus Pink Parasol
106The GarstonsPrunus horinjii
107The GarstonsPrunus Pink Parasol
108The GarstonsSilver birch (Betula alba pendula)
109The GarstonsOriental hawthorn (craetagus orientalis)
110The GarstonsPrunus Royal Burgundy
111The GarstonsWhite birch (Betula Jacquemontii)
112Vicarage CloseOriental hawthorn (craetagus orientalis)
113Vicarage CloseOriental hawthorn (craetagus orientalis)
114GilmaisSilver Birch (Betula alb. Red Panda)
116Hilltop RisePrunus Royal Burgundy
117A246 Allan Road sectionCopper Beech (Fagus sylvatica)Died (works) - replaced
118The GarstonsPrunus Kursar
119The GarstonsPrunus Okame
120The GarstonsPrunus Spire
121Mead CrescentPrunus Subhirtella Autumnalis Rosea
122Crabtree LaneMalus Red Sentinel
123Crabtree LaneMalus Red Sentinel
124Howard RoadRed Hawthorn (Craetagus Paul's Scarlet)Died - replaced
125Tudor Close/Sole Farm AvenueBeech (Fagus sylvatica)
126Pine DeanSorbus aucuparia
127Pine DeanSorbus Chinese Lace
128Pine DeanSorbus Cashmiriana
129Pine DeanPrunus subhirtella Fukubana
130Eastwick Park AvenueSnakebark maple (Acer Hersii)Died - replaced

Saturday morning February 13th 2016 saw the planting of the 100th tree on the initiative of the Bookham Residents Association in Bookham