Aerial mapping proves Surrey is England’s most wooded county

PUBLISHED: 15:57 20 November 2014 | UPDATED: 16:27 20 November 2014

The first ever complete tree count in England and Wales, with Surrey the most densely covered area (Image: Bluesky)

The first ever complete tree count in England and Wales, with Surrey the most densely covered area (Image: Bluesky)

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A national survey using the latest aerial mapping technology has once again confirmed that ‘leafy Surrey’ really is far more than just a clichéd reference.

Topping the charts at numbers one and two respectively in aerial mapping company Bluesky’s survey are local authority districts Surrey Heath and Waverley, both with over 40 per cent tree cover.

With some of the highest house prices in the UK, Surrey is also home to five further districts ranked in the top ten for tree cover.

“These statistics are just a glimpse into the detail provided by our National Tree Map,” says Bluesky’s managing director Rachel Tidmarsh.

“It’s really interesting to be able to blow some preconceived ideas out of the window and dispel many popular misconceptions that surround the way we view the places in which we work, live and play.”

Perhaps surprisingly, the survey explains that the prevalence of large gardens in Surrey is one of the key reasons why our county ranks higher than more rural areas, where trees tend to be cut down for agricultural reasons.

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Top 10 leafiest places in England and Wales

1. Surrey Heath, Surrey (40.6%)

2. Waverley, Surrey (40.2%)

3. Bracknell Forest, Berkshire (39.8%)

4. Runnymede, Surrey (37.8%)

5. Woking, Surrey (36.9%)

6. Mole Valley, Surrey (36.8%)

7. Elmbridge, Surrey (36.2%)

8. Guildford, Surrey (35.8%)

9. Neath Port Talbot, Neath Port Talbot (32%)

10. New Forest, Hampshire (31.4%)

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