An established county-wide countryside management service, working with volunteers and local communities
The three partnerships have retained their individual branding and working areas, but since June 2014 are now a combined service under the Surrey Countryside Partnerships (SCP) team umbrella.
The Downlands Partnership
Works on chalk grassland, ponds and woodland sites in northeast Surrey from Tadworth to Tatsfield and in Croydon and Sutton, as well as into Bromley with its conservation grazing service.
The Lower Mole Partnership
Covers north Surrey, spanning Cobham, Kingston, Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking, mainly working in woodland, but also grassland, commons and improving public access.
The Surrey Heathland Partnership
Manages lowland heathland across Surrey and into south-east England, with key sites in Woking, Guildford, Farnham and Camberley areas.
Introduction to our service and Annual Reports
Find out more about our service in our Overview of Surrey Countryside Partnerships Team (PDF).
Please see our SCP Team Annual Reports for 2016-17 and 2015-16 to download below.
Charitable trusts directly supporting the SCPs
We work closely in partnership with both the Downlands Trust and Lower Mole Countryside Trust. These are both independent, registered charities run by small groups of dedicated volunteers and they provide essential support for our local countryside management work.
The Downlands and Lower Mole Partnership staff work closely with both trusts on fundraising initiatives and membership recruitment. We work together to increase public awareness, encourage further voluntary and community involvement and are building county-wide corporate support for our countryside management work.
Volunteers play a vital role in our service delivery and we extend a very warm welcome to anyone wanting to become involved with the Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships.
We have a great team of volunteers that help both partnerships with practical conservation work, woodwork, species/site monitoring, stock checking and also providing administration support in the Lower Mole office, but new volunteers are always very welcome and we would particularly appreciate some more helping hands on our Downlands tasks please. Our latest volunteer task programmes can be viewed via the partnership links above.
We can accommodate larger corporate, community and school groups by arrangement, including autumn/winter tasks with the Surrey Heathland Partnership which does not run a scheduled volunteer task programme. Please do contact us to further discuss.
Please also have a look at the Countryside Partnership's Volunteer Information page plus our SCP Health & Safety Guide for Volunteers attached below for general countryside volunteering guidance.
Apprenticeships and voluntary work placement opportunities
The SCP team currently has one full time countryside management apprentice working with our Lower Mole and Downlands Partnerships, Joshua Davey. Josh is funded on a fixed term contract to end December 2017 through Surrey County Council's Corporate (Government) Apprenticeship Scheme and attends Merrist Wood College on Monday day release to complete his Environmental Conservation Apprenticeship Level 2 qualification.
We also offer voluntary work placements throughout the year, so please do get in touch if you wish to join us for a specific period or would like to gain some regular or one-off voluntary experience if you are interested in/studying for a career in countryside management or livestock management. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any advice to find out what opportunities we currently have available and how you could get involved.
Telephone: Debbie Hescott, Surrey Countryside Partnerships Business Development Officer - 01737 733931