Now in its 28th year, the Downlands Partnership provides a quality urban fringe countryside management service, enhancing the environment for people and wildlife. Its area of operation covers greenbelt countryside in north-east Surrey and adjoining parts of south London. The rolling chalk hills and associated valleys give rise to stunning scenery. Sheep (breeds: Herdwick, Beulah Speckled Face & Jacob), feral goats, Sussex cattle and Dartmoor ponies successfully graze the chalk downland as part of a long-term management regime.
The aims of the Partnership encompass the whole range of countryside management activities relating to access, landscape, biodiversity, sustainability, information and community involvement. The Partnership area contains a variety of habitats and features, but is dominated by the important and threatened chalk downland habitat found on the scarp and dip slopes of the North Downs.
The Partnership has been extremely successful in achieving a wide range of countryside improvements and generating support and involvement in practical conservation from local communities, including corporates.
A dedicated, enthusiastic group of countryside volunteers help support the work of the Partnership and new volunteers are always very welcome; why not check out the varied programme of volunteer tasks on offer throughout the year? Volunteering in the glorious local countryside is great for happiness, health and habitat.