Surrey Countryside Partnerships team

An established county-wide countryside management service, working with volunteers and local communities.

The three partnerships have retained their individual branding and working areas, but since June 2014 are now a combined service under the Surrey Countryside Partnerships (SCP) team umbrella.

Downlands Partnership

Works on chalk grassland, ponds and woodland sites in northeast Surrey from Tadworth to Tatsfield and in Croydon and Sutton, as well as into Bromley with its conservation grazing service.

Lower Mole Partnership

Covers north Surrey, spanning Cobham, Kingston, Epsom, Leatherhead and Dorking, mainly working in woodland, but also grassland, commons and improving public access.

Surrey Heathland Partnership

Manages lowland heathland across west Surrey and into south-east England, with key sites in Woking, Guildford, Farnham and Camberley areas.

Service information and annual reports

Find out what we do, where, why and with whom in our Overview of Surrey Countryside Partnerships Team (PDF).

We have an SCP Our Services guide (PDF) which details the wide range of countryside management services we can offer to our current and potential new partner organisations.

Please see our annual reports to find out more about our countryside partnership work, carried out for biodiversity, wildlife and access, working with volunteers, within and for local communities:

We are very pleased to report that the countryside management partnership work of our Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships was supported by an impressive combined total of 21,972 volunteer hours during 2018-19.

This represents another successful year of local community involvement by our regular conservation volunteers and all the corporate, school and community groups we have been pleased to welcome during the year. Our thanks to all of these volunteers for their vital support in helping our service to continue to maintain and restore all of the beautiful habitats in our partnerships' area, across north and NE Surrey and in to neighbouring urban fringe areas of south/SW London and Kent (grazing).

Outline map of our current partnerships' working area across Surrey and in to south/southwest London:

Map of the area covered by the Surrey Countryside Partnership

Charitable trusts directly supporting our work

We work closely in partnership with both the Downlands Trust and Lower Mole Countryside Trust.

These are both independent, registered charities run by small boards of dedicated voluntary trustees. They both provide essential financial and profile raising support for our local countryside management work. The Downlands and Lower Mole Partnership staff work closely with both trusts on fundraising initiatives and membership recruitment. We work together to increase public awareness, encourage further voluntary and community involvement and are building county-wide corporate support for our countryside management work.

Conservation volunteering with us

As aforementioned, volunteers play a vital role in our service delivery and we extend a very warm welcome to anyone wanting to become involved with the Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships.

We have a great team of volunteers that help both partnerships with practical countryside work, woodwork, species/site monitoring, stock checking and also providing administration support in the Lower Mole office, but new volunteers are always very welcome and we would particularly appreciate some more helping hands on our Downlands tasks please. Our latest volunteer task programmes can be viewed via the partnership links above.

We can accommodate larger corporate, community and school groups by arrangement, including autumn/winter tasks with the Surrey Heathland Partnership which does not run a scheduled volunteer task programme.

Please contact us to find out about the great opportunities we can offer for team or individual employee volunteering sessions, team building, sponsorship and environmental education days.

Further conservation volunteering reading information

Please refer to the Countryside Partnership's Volunteer Information page, take a look at our SCP Volunteer Policy (pdf) and our service specific SCP Health and Safety Guide for Volunteers (pdf) for general countryside volunteering guidance.

We have our own Surrey Countryside Partnerships' Privacy Policy which fully complies with GDPR.

To find out more about how we work with, recognise and support volunteers that join in with our service, please also take a look at Surrey County Council's Volunteer Promise (pdf) and Surrey County Council's Social Media Policy for Volunteers (pdf).

Voluntary internships/training placement opportunities

We offer voluntary internships/work training placements throughout the year (short and long term), so please do get in touch if you wish to join us for a specific period or would like to gain some regular or one-off voluntary experience if you are interested in/studying for a career in countryside management or livestock management. Please do not hesitate to contact us for any advice to find out what opportunities we currently have available and how you could get involved.

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Contact us

  • Email:
  • Telephone: Debbie Hescott, Partnership Development Officer, 01737 733931 (part time) or Helen Cocker, Countryside Partnerships Operations Manager, 01372 743783.

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