Volunteering in Surrey's countryside

Our countryside needs your help!

Volunteers play a vital role in assisting our Surrey Countryside Partnerships and Countryside Access (rights of way) teams to manage, maintain and restore Surrey's beautiful countryside for all to enjoy, not to mention the many other countryside conservation groups that work across the county.

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in conserving the environment for future generations? Whatever your interests or skills, whether you are a group or an individual, we'd love to hear from you.

Learn new skills, meet new people, work right at the heart of amazing landscapes or help to look after livestock. Countryside volunteering has widespread proven health and wellbeing benefits, so come and give it a try!

Surrey Countryside Partnerships

Hosted by Surrey County Council, the Surrey Countryside Partnerships team (Downlands, Lower Mole and Surrey Heathland) offer enjoyable, varied, seasonal practical countryside volunteering opportunities throughout the year. Task sessions are held in north, north-east and west Surrey as well as in to neighbouring areas of Kingston, Sutton and Croydon.

Find out more about each partnership and their working areas, how to get involved with their great conservation crews and to view the latest seasonal volunteer task programme information:

Corporate team countryside volunteering opportunities

The Surrey Countryside Partnerships are pleased to welcome corporate teams (small or large groups or individuals) by arrangement who want to spend a full or half day in the countryside for their Employer Supported Volunteering session or for team building exercises.

Please contact each partnership directly to discuss your requirements or please send your initial enquiry email to: countrysidepartnershipsteam@surreycc.gov.uk.

You will receive a copy of the Surrey Countryside Partnerships corporate employee volunteering brochure, which fully outlines their offer.

There are great opportunities to develop corporate partnerships through volunteering, fundraising and sponsorship activities and the partnerships and their two dedicated charity partners, are well established to help companies to meet their Corporate Social Responsibility targets for the local environment and staff health and wellbeing. The partnerships have been pleased to welcome many corporate groups over the last few years, including most recently from Fidelity International, Firebolt Group, Ringway Surrey and Pfizer.

Countryside Access Team

Surrey's Countryside Access Team also regularly work with volunteer groups (such as the Ramblers' Association and Sustrans) to help manage the public rights of way network and to promote access to publicly accessible land; please visit our rights of way pages to find out how to become involved.

Tree Planting

Tree planting season runs from November to March each year and our Tree Planting and Establishment Team regularly need volunteers to help with tree planting projects across Surrey.

There is a role for everyone at our volunteering days, whether you like to get stuck in and do the digging or take on a non-planting role we can accommodate you.

Please email your name and a contact telephone number to: trees@surreycc.gov.uk and we will be in touch.

Volunteers needed at Newlands Corner

If you love the birdlife you see in our wildlife garden at Newlands Corner and want to help it to thrive, why not help us by offering a few hours each week or month? Join our small volunteer team to undertake a variety of tasks including:

  • Filling up bird feeders
  • Monitoring bird species

For further information, please email: countryside.bookings@surreycc.gov.uk

Additional countryside volunteering opportunities

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