Lower Mole Partnership volunteering opportunities

Practical conservation volunteering activities this autumn 2021

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, and we provide a sociable, friendly 'green gym'. Our task sessions run from 10am to around 3-4pm. You can work at your own pace and you will be shown exactly what to do by our task leaders.

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).

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

Autumn 2021 task programme

This October to December 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
12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 October and 16, 17, 18 November 2021Ashtead Common

The second year of our autumn Rye Brook restoration work, carrying out three task weeks of scrub management along the banks of the Rye.

This is a three year project and the work is supported by the City of London Corporation, through a grant awarded to the Lower Mole Countryside Trust, our registered small charity partner.

9, 10 and 11 November 2021Cowey Sale, Walton BridgeScrub clearance on the riverside meadow to open up the grassland
23, 24 and 25 November 2021Bramble Heath, Epsom CommonScrub clearance to restore and manage the heathland
30 November, 1 and 2 December 2021Littleheath Lake, OxshottCoppicing and scrub clearance around the lake
7, 8 and 9 December 2021Norbury Park, LeatherheadCoppicing to open up some paths
14, 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 December 2021Horton Country Park, EpsomHazel coppicing to manage one of the old woodlands

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.

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.

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 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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