Elstead Parish Council understands that an offer for the purchase of the land at Bonfire Hill has been accepted by the vendor. The purchaser is someone with a long association with the village, who intends to transfer ownership of the land to a charitable trust administered by the Parish Council for the benefit of the local community. The Trust Deed will determine the future use of the land, which is likely to be confined to agriculture, recreation and amenity. The Parish Council has agreed to act as the charity administrator and to manage the land on behalf of the benefactor pending the establishment of the charity. It will take time for the sale to be processed and once there is more information we will update residents accordingly.
Bonfire Hill is the western end of the ridge of high ground that runs from the centre of Elstead through farmland to Ockley Common in the East, with beautiful views over the Surrey Hills that surround Elstead.
The hill dominates the centre of Elstead and is a popular spot for walking and picking blackberries. When there is snow on the ground there is a steep slope that is perfect for safe sledging, within easy reach of the village.
Three footpaths lead onto the hill from the village and another goes on through fields to Ockley Common. There are good views of the hill from the village, and of the village from the hill.