Practical conservation volunteering activities this spring season 2022
The Lower Mole Partnership has a great selection of practical conservation volunteering sessions to try in north Surrey and into Kingston.
There is something for everyone to get involved in, with different seasonal countryside tasks taking place on numerous, glorious sites across the partnership area. We recommend trying a scrub clearance task first if you are new to practical conservation work, but the majority of our 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.
How to get involved and find out more
If you have any questions or concerns, please just give us a call for a chat before deciding which task would be best for you to start with. There is no fixed commitment with our conservation volunteering crew, you can join in on task days as often as you like, for full or half days. Our task sessions run from 10am and end by 4pm, with lunch and tea breaks. Exercising whilst socialising in the great outdoors with friendly, like-minded people has recognised widespread health and well-being benefits and of course, supports the maintenance and restoration of the beautiful local countryside and its rare habitats too.
Please call our task team on 01372 743783 or email us: firstname.lastname@example.org for further information and to let us know in advance when you would like to come and join in.
To gain an insight into our Lower Mole Partnership conservation volunteering task days, please visit our Lower Mole Partnership Facebook page.
Please also see our Surrey Countryside Partnerships' Health and Safety Guide for Volunteers (PDF).
We look forward to welcoming you along with our fantastic conservation crew very soon.
Spring 2022 task programme
During April to June 2022, we have the following conservation volunteering task days on offer that are suitable for new volunteers to consider:
|Scheduled task dates||Countryside site location||Practical conservation volunteering activity|
|19, 20 and 21 April 2022||Epsom Common||Preparing the site for cattle grazing, including gate and pen repairs|
|3, 4 and 5 May 2022||Castle Hill, Chessington||Meadow cutting and estate maintenance|
|17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 May 2022||Oxshott Heath||Constructing a new flight of steps to improve access|
|8 and 9 June 2022||Bonesgate Stream, Chessington or Epsom sections||Himalayan Balsam bashing|
|14, 15 and 16 June 2022||Cowey Sale, Walton on Thames||Himalayan Balsam bashing|
|21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 June 2022||Hersham Riverside||Path surfacing|
Please note that we do not run practical conservation volunteering task sessions at the weekend, but our colleagues at the Downlands Partnership do offer some weekend tasks at the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area.
Surrey Countryside Partnerships: extra volunteer task session being held in Guildford area on 13 June 2022
The Lower Mole Partnership led additional Monday volunteer task sessions once a month for Guildford Borough Council, one of the core funding partners of the Surrey Heathland Partnership, during October 2021 to February 2022.
These conservation volunteering sessions proved very popular with great local attendance, so we will be returning to Guildford again during early summer on Monday 13 June 2022 for a Himalayan Balsam bashing session at Pirbright Common. Please contact us to find out more and to let us know if you would like to join in.
Corporate and community groups volunteering offer
We are pleased to welcome corporate and local community/school groups by arrangement, plus students completing their Duke of Edinburgh awards and work experience/voluntary training placements.
Please kindly note that not all of our scheduled tasks are suitable for groups, so please get in touch and we can further discuss the best options for your specific group size together and to explain the booking arrangements for groups.
During April and May we carry out a lot of workshop, carpentry and signage installation tasks that are not suitable for groups, but we have a great selection of team tasks back on offer from June onwards.
We have a separate corporate employee volunteering brochure which fully explains our corporate volunteering offer, which you will receive when you make a group enquiry.
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 the Lower Mole Partnership office on 01372 743783.
The Trust is currently looking for a new volunteer to join them as a trustee in the treasurer position. If calculations and countryside are your passion and you have a few hours to spare each week, then they would love to hear from you. Details of this great voluntary opportunity can be found on the Lower Mole Countryside Trust website.
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.
Files available to download
- Surrey Countryside Partnerships health and safety information for volunteers (PDF)
Health and safety information for practical conservation volunteering with the Surrey Countryside Partnerships