Now in its 30th anniversary year, the Downlands Partnership provides an established urban fringe countryside management service, enhancing the local environment for people and wildlife.
We are hosting two special celebratory events this summer/autumn 2018 to mark our landmark anniversary. The first is a free public event on Saturday 7 July 2018 at Chipstead Downs (PDF), when we will also be celebrating the 4th annual National Meadows Day as well as Fields in Trust's #Haveafieldday. There will be wildflower guided walks and much more! The second celebratory event will be a weekend scrub clearing volunteering bash at Addington Hills in October - details for this event will be posted in due course. Come and join in, you would be very welcome.
The aims of the Downlands 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 rare chalk downland habitat found on the scarp and dip slopes of the North Downs. Its area of operation covers countryside sites, many being LNRs and/or SSSIs (Local Nature Reserves/Sites of Special Scientific Interest) in NE Surrey and adjoining parts of Croydon and Sutton. The rolling chalk hills and associated valleys give rise to stunning scenery; the sites are managed in partnership with local authorities and private land owners.
The Downlands 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? Also have a look at our Facebook page, which features news and photos from our weekly task programme and more.
Volunteering in the glorious local countryside is great for happiness, health and habitat. Come & join our happy conservation crew!
The Downlands Partnership also has its own flock of sheep (breeds: Herdwick, Beulah Speckled Face & Jacob), Sussex cattle and British feral goats, that seasonally graze the chalk downland as part of the long-term countryside management partnership programme. Find out more @downygrazers and Facebook.