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Surrey Hills Business Park

To keep apace with an ever changing farming industry, our business must adapt and diversify as it has done for the past eighty years. We established Surrey Hills Business Park in 2001 by converting redundant farm buildings into offices, storage and retail premises. The buildings gained a new lease of  life and now accomodate thriving businesses employing local people and stimulating economic growth in a rural area.

Commercial Property for Rent

Surrey Hills Business Park is a high quality conversion of farm buildings creating 25,000square feet of business units; offices, retail and storage.


No offices are currently available.

However you are welcome to contact us to enquire whether anything will soon be available or leave us your details for any future vacancies.

There is ample parking available for staff and visitors and access is easy from the A25

For enquiries, please use contact page (tab above) or telephone 01306 730220

Location

TV, Film or Photography Location.

  • In the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
  • Fields. Pasture. Native breed cattle. Landscape.
  • Harvesting.  Agricultural machinery at work.
  • Close to London
  • Location parking
  • Enquiries welcome: 01306 730220 or click the contact tab above.

Surrey Hills Business Park

Anaerobic Digestion

Recently in the news and heralded almost as if something new, was a dairy farm with an anaerobic digestion (AD) system which is powering a fleet of buses. 

AD is a well-established part of farming up and down the country; recovering renewable energy from recycling natural products, bringing fantastic environmental benefits to farmland, its soils and the wider environment, so it is great to see and hear in the news,  more about the benefits of agricultural anaerobic digestion for local and wider communities.

A planning application was submitted a few years ago for an anaerobic digestion (AD) system here on the farm. It didn’t go ahead at the time, so we reflected on some of the questions raised and improved plans for a fresh application.  Ultimately, we didn’t continue with our project but still believe in the benefits which could be achieved as part of integrated farm management such as: 

An AD system would provide a natural fertiliser (digestate) which improves the soil and enriches the organic matter and reduces the artificial fertilisers which have to be imported to the farm. This could significantly reduce the number of vehicles coming to and from the farm and in our case would have been a reduction of about 600 lorries each year.

The organic digestate improves the soil structure, water retention and crop yields and could have reduced around 2,500 tonnes of CO2, 38,000 tonnes of water and 352 tonnes of oil every year, by replacing fossil-based fertilisers across the farm holding.

An AD system would replace open storage of farm yard manure (FYM) in fields which currently allows all the gases to pass into the atmosphere.   Storing in a sealed unit would also aid farm biosecurity.

Biogas – can be captured from the sealed AD system and go direct to the grid or be used in a combined heat and power unit. 

So whilst managing manures and improving farm biosecurity still further, producing nutrient rich natural fertiliser and recovering renewable energy, an AD system on the farm would make huge savings in co2 emissions, oil and water for the environment every year and would make for a more self-sufficient and cost effective farming enterprise.

Farmers want to be part of the solution to climate change and on-farm anaerobic digestion could make a real difference towards achieving this.