The county of Surrey is one of the Home Counties, and its roots can be traced back to the first century. Today, Surrey is recognised as the most wooded county in England, with land of this type covering more than twice the national average.
Chancellors have seven branches in Surrey:
Geography, transport & economy
The county is mostly covered by the Green Belt. It is divided in two by the North Downs, much of which forms the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and as such has a large number of rural footpaths and bridleways. Surrey is a natural choice for those enjoying rural outdoor pursuits.
At the same time, the county enjoys fantastic transport connections including the M25, M3 and M23 as well as the A3 which intersects the town of Surbiton and provides access all the way to Portsmouth to the south, and the City of London to the north. The county also enjoys an exceptional rail network. Areas such as Richmond, Surbiton and Woking benefit from public transport connections to London Waterloo of little more than 20 minutes.
Surrey has a population of around 1.1million people, largely because of its close proximity and transport connections to Central London. The north of the county is well populated as a result of the contiguous Greater London urban area. Due to these factors, the county is one of the richest parts of the UK with the average income per capita being higher than in any other county.
Notable locations & attractions
Surrey is defined by a significant number of landscapes including Box Hill, The Devil’s Punchbowl and Frensham Common. Nearby, Frensham Ponds are dedicated as an area of special scientific interest and are home to several rare species. The Royal Horticultural Society has its gardens at Wisley, and the Royal Botanic Gardens are situated in Kew, near Richmond. Kew is also home to The National Archives, a record of over 1,000 years of British history.
For the golfer, the world-famous Wentworth Club can be found in Virginia Water. The venue for the BMW PGA Championships, the club boasts three different 18 hole courses and an executive Par 3 course, as well as a health club and a host of luxury spa facilities.
The county is home to the theme parks Thorpe Park and Chessington World of Adventures, and there is also a wide range of sports and entertainment venues, leisure facilities and activity centres. London being such a short commute away also opens up the opportunities for a vast array of activities.