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Lower Mole Partnership – news and events

Lower Mole Countryside Trust proud to be one of Mayor of Epsom and Ewell's nominated charities for 2017-18

The Lower Mole Countryside Trust, the registered charity partner of the Lower Mole Partnership, was very pleased to be chosen as one of the three charities being supported by the Mayor of Epsom and Ewell, Cllr Liz Frost, during her term in office in 2017-18.

This is extremely important as it not only means that the Trust’s profile will be further raised locally and beyond, but will also bring in much needed income to support the active management of the borough's countryside and further involvement by local communities.

Find out what great fundraising events are taking place to get involved with (quizzes, barn dance, coffee meet ups etc) and how you can support this great local, small charity at mayorscharitiesepsom.org.uk.

Castle Hill 'Cleaned Up' thanks to Mayor of London grant

Lower Mole Partnership volunteers 'Clean Up' at Castle HillThe Lower Mole Partnership was very pleased to be awarded a Mayor of London Capital Clean Up grant in April 2016 in the sum of £1,392 to 'clean up' Castle Hill Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in Chessington.

This funding was to enable staff and volunteers to carry out extensive litter clearance and to install a new fence to the middle section of the LNR; the rest of the site had been tackled over the last few years, so this was the last particularly bad area that needed to be cleared and secured. By installing the last section of new fencing it is hoped that this will prevent any further littering/fly tipping and will make the whole reserve more secure and further improved for wildlife and people.

Around 72m of new fencing has been installed, two very large trailer loads of rubbish were removed and the whole site was litter picked by the hard working Lower Mole staff and conservation volunteers (regular and new were welcomed) during two weeks of tasks in August - an excellent effort by all involved. Local residents also got involved and were made fully aware about the work and encouraged to continue to look after this lovely LNR on their doorstep.

The Lower Mole Partnership manages Castle Hill LNR in partnership with the Royal Borough of Kingston and Historic England. Iain Bright, Assistant Inspector of Ancient Monuments for Historic England said “The earthworks at Castle Hill are all that remains of a medieval hunting lodge associated with the 13th century deer park at Chessington and are protected as a Scheduled Monument. The works undertaken with the Lower Mole Partnership, the Royal Borough of Kingston and local volunteers have greatly improved the appearance and condition of this fascinating historic site. The success of this project stands as a testament to co-operation, enthusiasm and determination of all those involved to ensure that the monument endures for many more years for the interest and enjoyment of others”.

Help us to monitor the water quality of the Mole and Hogsmill rivers

The two schemes are both part of Catchment Partnerships established to coordinate activity in the respective river basins. Both schemes offer training in order to fulfil the volunteer role.

The RiverWatch scheme on the Mole is looking for volunteers to regularly walk an assigned section of the river to report on species seen and notable features, as well as more detailed surveys for interested volunteers. Monitoring the River Mole is being coordinated by Surrey Wildlife Trust, under a scheme called RiverWatch, please contact glen.skelton@surreywt.org.uk for more information.

The scheme on the Hogsmill River involves sampling the invertebrates present six times a year at a set location. Monitoring the Hogsmill River is being coordinated by the Zoological Society for London, via a scheme called the River Monitoring Initiative, please contact us at mole.project@surreycc.gov.uk for more information.


Living Woodlands

This exciting and innovative project, which aims to support the sustainable management of local woodlands for the benefit of nature conservation continues to grow, even though the Heritage Lottery funding gained to establish the project has since finished.

The Lower Mole Partnership continues to work with landowners of local woodlands and traditional coppice workers, plus assists with maintaining infrastructures to enable targeted management to thrive.

Living Woodlands projects are now happening at several sites across the Partnership area: Sixty Acre Wood, Chessington; The Warren, Langley Vale; Watercut Copse, Oxshott; Butchers Grove, Horton Country Park and more.

Contact us at the Lower Mole Partnership on 01372 743783 if you would like to find out more about this and all our other countryside management initiatives.

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