Lower Mole Partnership – news and events

Time to explore the updated Thames Down Link

The Thames Down Link, a popular 15 mile long distance route from Kingston to the North Down Way at Box Hill, has been fully reviewed and updated during 2018-2019 with a new Thames Down Link digital walk leaflet now available on Google Maps, new/replacement signage and walk discs installed along the route, plus a new information board designed and installed at Box Hill and Westhumble train station. The board also promotes the North Downs Way and the Mole Gap Trail which runs from Leatherhead to Dorking.

This was a joint project co-ordinated by the Lower Mole Partnership, working in partnership with the North Downs Way Trail, partners Epsom & Ewell Borough Council and Mole Valley District Council, Southern Rail and the production of the new board was also financially supported by the Surrey Hills AONB.

Why not go out exploring this enjoyable route that traverses the glorious countryside of North Surrey?

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

These two schemes are part of the Catchment Partnerships initiative, which was established to coordinate activity in the respective river basins. Both schemes offer training in order to fulfil the voluntary role.

The RiverWatch scheme on the Mole is always looking for more 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 further 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 the Lower Mole Partnership team if you would like to find out more about Living Woodlands and all of our other Lower Mole Partnership local countryside management initiatives.