"The Fleetwood family owned much of the land in this area in the early 20th century. In 1917, their son Tom, Lance Corporal Arthur Thomas Fleetwood, was killed while serving in France during World War I and was buried in Flanders Field. The park was named after him and opened in the late 1930's on the eve of World War II. The majority of the forest in the southern area of the park has been set aside through referendum as an urban forest to be managed in perpetuity for its intrinsic values."

- From the Nature Trails of Surrey 2004 brochure - Surrey Parks, Recreation & Culture.

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