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 area 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
For an insight in to our work please see the Overview of Surrey Countryside Partnerships Team (PDF).
Our SCP Team Annual Reports for 2015-16 and 2014-15 can be viewed 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 that 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 looking to gain county-wide corporate support of our local countryside 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.
During 2015-16 our county-wide countryside management partnership work was essentially supported by 23,759 volunteer hours, an outstanding level of community involvement.
Apprenticeships and voluntary work placement opportunities
Since September 2016 we have two full time countryside management apprentices working with our Lower Mole and Downlands Partnerships, Daisy Cogley and Joshua Davey. They are both funded on fixed term contracts through Surrey County Council's Corporate (Government) Apprenticeship Scheme and attend Merrist Wood College on Monday day release to complete their 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. 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