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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.

Introduction to our service and annual reports

Find out more about our service in our Overview of Surrey Countryside Partnerships Team (PDF).

Please see our SCP Annual Reports for 2017-18, 2016-17 and 2015-16.

We are very pleased to report that the countryside management partnership work of our Downlands and Lower Mole Partnerships was supported by an impressive total of 22,469 volunteer hours during 2017-18. This represents another successful year of 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 essential support in helping our team to continue to maintain and restore the beautiful habitats in our partnerships' area, across north and NE Surrey and in to neighbouring areas of south/SW London and Kent (grazing).

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 volunteers

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 conservation 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 Debbie Hescott (details below) to find out about the great opportunities we can offer for team or individual employee volunteering sessions, team building, sponsorship and environmental education days.

Please have a look at the Countryside Partnership's Volunteer Information and our service specific SCP Health & Safety Guide for Volunteers for general countryside volunteering guidance.

Please also refer to our Volunteer Promise and our Privacy Policy which complies with GDPR.

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.

Contact us


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