Lower Mole Partnership - volunteering opportunities

Practical conservation volunteering activities this autumn season 2023

The Lower Mole Partnership has a great selection of practical conservation volunteering sessions to try across north Surrey and into Kingston.

There is something for everyone to get involved in, with different seasonal countryside tasks taking place on numerous, glorious sites across the partnership area.

We recommend trying a scrub clearance or plant pulling task first if you are new to practical conservation work, but the majority of our tasks are suitable for all ages (over 16s unless accompanied by an adult please) and abilities, as you can work at your own pace and you will be shown exactly what to do. You do need to be fairly fit and enjoy getting out and about in the great outdoors.

How to get involved and find out more

If you have any questions or concerns, please just give us a call for a chat before deciding which task would be best for you to start with. There is no fixed commitment with our conservation volunteering crew, you can join in on task days as often as you like, for full or half days. Our task sessions run from 10am and end by 4pm, subject to weather, with lunch and tea breaks.

Exercising whilst socialising in the great outdoors with friendly, like-minded people has recognised widespread health and well-being benefits and of course, supports the maintenance and restoration of the beautiful local countryside and its rare habitats too.

Please call our task team on 01372 743783 or email us: mole.project@surreycc.gov.uk for further information and to let us know in advance when you would like to come and join in.

To gain an insight into our Lower Mole Partnership conservation volunteering task days, please visit our Lower Mole Partnership Facebook page.

Please also see our Surrey Countryside Partnerships' Health and Safety Guide for Volunteers (PDF).

We look forward to welcoming you along with our fantastic conservation crew very soon.

Autumn 2023 volunteer task programme

During October to December 2023 we have the following conservation volunteering task days on offer that are suitable for new volunteers to consider.

Scheduled task dates Countryside site location Practical conservation volunteering activity
3, 4 and 5 OctoberOxshott HeathScrub clearance to manage the heathland
10, 11, 12 , 24, 25 and 26 OctoberAshtead CommonScrub clearance to manage an area of woodland
7, 8 and 9 NovemberCowey Sale, WaltonScrub clearance to manage the grassland
14, 15 and 16 NovemberNorbury Park, LeatherheadCoppicing hazel to manage the woodlands
21, 22 and 23 NovemberDukes Warren, ColdharbourScrub clearance to manage the heathland
28, 29 and 30 NovemberSouthwood and Hogsmill Wood, TolworthCoppicing scrub and hedgerows to manage the riverside meadows
5, 6 and 7 DecemberElmbridge Commons, EsherScrub clearance to manage the grassland
12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 DecemberHorton Country Park woodlands, EpsomCoppicing hazel to manage the woodlands

Please note that the Lower Mole Partnership does not run practical conservation volunteering task sessions at the weekend.

However, task leader Tasha at the Surrey Heathland Partnership is now offering one weekend scheduled task session per month in the Guildford or Woking area, being held on the first Saturday, starting from Saturday 7 October 2023.

Task leader Sarah at the Downlands Partnership also offers some selected, seasonal Sunday task sessions at the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area.

Corporate and community groups volunteering offer

We are pleased to welcome corporate and local community/school groups by arrangement, plus students completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and work experience/voluntary training placements.

Please kindly note that not all of our scheduled task locations and session dates as detailed above are suitable for groups, so please get in touch and we can further discuss the best available options for your specific group size together and to explain the booking arrangements for groups.

The autumn and winter seasons are the best months to join in as a group, especially for larger numbers, as we run lots of scrub clearing sessions and can often offer bespoke separate team volunteering days as well. Scrub clearance is the ideal countryside volunteering activity for staff team challenges.

We have a separate Surrey Countryside Partnerships corporate employee volunteering brochure which fully explains our corporate offer, which you will receive when you make a group enquiry.

We look forward to hearing from you and to developing new corporate partnerships with local companies and with those from neighbouring counties and London as well.

How you could support us from your sofa instead!

If you are unable to join in with our practical conservation tasks but would like to show your support from indoors for our local countryside management work, then please do kindly consider becoming a member of our charity partner the Lower Mole Countryside Trust.

This independent, registered charitable trust is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and they raise funds through memberships and fundraising initiatives, principally in partnership with the Lower Mole Partnership staff. The Trust also provides small grants to other local countryside voluntary groups to support their targeted conservation work, for biodiversity, access and environmental education. Full information on the Trust's charity work and details on how to join can be found on the Lower Mole Countryside Trust website or please call the Lower Mole Partnership office on 01372 743783.

The Trust is currently looking for a new volunteer to join them as a trustee in the treasurer position. If calculations and countryside are your passion and you have a few hours to spare each week, then they would love to hear from you. Details of this great voluntary opportunity can be found on the Lower Mole Countryside Trust website.

The Trust is always very pleased to welcome one-off or legacy donations, so if you would like to consider this to support the management of your lovely local North Surrey countryside (rather than or as well as becoming a member - your choice) so it can continue to be enjoyed and accessed by future generations, please do contact the Trust to further discuss. Many thanks for your support.

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