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Lower Mole Partnership – volunteer task programme

Autumn 2019

The Lower Mole Partnership has a great selection of practical countryside volunteering sessions on offer to try this autumn during October to December 2019.

This season we have lots of woodland management and scrub clearance tasks to enjoy.

Highlights include working with the South East Rivers Trust on improving the Hogsmill River in Ewell and clearing scrub from the meadow at Cowey Sale by Walton on Thames, as well as our regular woodland management site at Butchers Grove in Horton Country Park where we have been coppicing for over 30 years.

If you are new to countryside volunteering we would recommend joining in with any of the scrub clearance dates. If you have any questions or concerns please just give us a call for a chat on 01372 743783 before deciding which task is best for you to start with. There is no fixed commitment, you can join in on task days as often as you like and we provide a free, sociable, happy 'green gym'. You can work at your own pace and you will be shown exactly what to do. Please have a look at our Lower Mole Partnership Volunteer Task Programme Autumn 2019 (PDF) to find out what we are up to, when, where and why across the partnership area this season - north Surrey and in to Kingston.

There is something for everyone to enjoy, with tasks taking place all across the partnership area. There is lots of scrub clearance, woodland management and pond restorations. This is the season for clearing scrub from our chalk grassland sites, in order to ensure the survival of this rare biodiverse habitat, which are a riot of colourful flowers, butterflies and other insects during the summer.

We recommend trying a scrub clearance task first if you are new to practical conservation work, but all tasks are suitable for all ages (over 16s unless accompanied by an adult please) and abilities, as you can work at your own pace and you will be shown exactly what to do. You do need to be fairly fit and enjoy getting out and about in the great outdoors.

Full details on what you need to do/bring/wear etc to get involved and full site location information can also be found in the programme. Please also see our SCP Health & Safety Guide for Volunteers (PDF) and Surrey County Council's Volunteer Promise (PDF).

Please contact us on 01372 743783 for any further information and to let us know if you would like to come and join in. Alternatively you can email us: mole.project@surreycc.gov.uk.

Don't forget we are pleased to welcome corporate and local/school groups by arrangement, plus students completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and work experience/voluntary training placements. Please note that we do not run practical volunteering tasks on weekends. Please also kindly note that not all of the scheduled tasks are suitable for groups, so please get in touch and we can further discuss the best options for your specific group together. We currently offer a two-week window per seasonal task programme for corporate groups of over six attendees to join in with - please contact the Lower Mole Partnership staff to find out more.

We look forward to welcoming you along with our fantastic conservation crew very soon.

How you could support us from your sofa instead...

If you are unable to join in with our practical conservation tasks but would like to show your support from indoors for our local countryside management work, then please do kindly consider becoming a member of our charity partner the Lower Mole Countryside Trust.

This independent, registered charitable trust is run by a small group of dedicated volunteers and they raise funds through memberships and fundraising initiatives, principally in partnership with the Lower Mole Partnership staff. The Trust also provides small grants to other local countryside voluntary groups to support their targeted conservation work, for biodiversity, access and environmental education.

Full information on the Trust's charity work and details on how to join can be found on the Lower Mole Countryside Trust website or please call Bryan Muddle, trustee and treasurer, on 01372 743783.

The Trust is always very pleased to welcome one-off or legacy donations, so if you would like to consider this to support the management of your lovely local North Surrey countryside (rather than or as well as becoming a member - your choice) so it can continue to be enjoyed and accessed by future generations, please do contact the Trust to further discuss.

Many thanks for your support.

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