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Lower Mole Partnership – volunteer task programme

Summer 2019

The Lower Mole Partnership has a great selection of practical countryside volunteering sessions on offer to try this summer during July to September 2019.

This season we have lots of path surfacing, footbridge and step construction and scrub clearance tasks to enjoy.

Highlights include building a series of new footbridges across the ditches at Esher Common to improve access to this wonderful heathland area and installing signage for an exciting new Nature Trail at Hogsmill Open Space. We will be back at Box Hill too, replacing the top flight of steps on the well-used path that provides key access to this beautiful area and its famous views.

If you are new to countryside volunteering we would recommend joining in with any of the surfacing or 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 Summer 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.

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.

The Lower Mole Partnership and Lower Mole Countryside Trust will be out and about together again this summer, with stands at two great public community events - Epsom Common Day on Sunday 21 July and Epsom & Ewell Fair on Sunday 15 September. Please do come over to say hello and find out more about our work/volunteering opportunities if you are visiting either of these local shows. If you would like to volunteer to help us out with promoting our work on the stand, then please do get in touch to further discuss.

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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