Lower Mole Partnership – volunteering opportunities

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 or ragwort/balsam pulling 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.

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 and we provide a sociable, friendly 'green gym'. You can work at your own pace and you will be shown exactly what to do.

Please call our task team on 01372 743783 or email us: mole.project@surreycc.gov.uk 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).

This summer 2021, we have the following conservation volunteering task days on offer that are ideal for new volunteers to consider:

Scheduled task datesCountryside site locationPractical conservation volunteering activity
6, 7 and 8 July 2021Headley Warren, near DorkingSmall scrub clearance to manage the chalk grassland
10, 11 and 12 August 2021Long Grove, Horton Country Park, EpsomLaurel clearance to manage the woodland
24, 25 and 26 August 2021Brooklands Community Park, WeybridgeVegetation clearance, for insect bank management
7, 8 and 9 September 2021Elmbridge Meadows, SurbitonScrub clearance to manage the grassland
21, 22 and 23 September 2021Esher CommonScrub clearance to manage the heathland
28, 29 and 30 September 2021Ockham Common, Chatley HeathScrub clearance to manage the heathland

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.

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.

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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