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Surrey Hills Arts

Published: 30 July 2019

Be part of the 'Inspiring Views' project

Known for its stunning views, endless landscapes, abundance of wildlife and natural beauty, the rolling Surrey Hills are appreciated by many, and it's for this reason that a new crowdfunding project has been launched to restore a lost viewpoint.

Protecting wildlife

Just a short walk from Newlands Corner on the North Downs Way near Albury, the trees and undergrowth have grown significantly, closing off beautiful views across the Weald to the South Downs. Surrey Hills Arts is hoping to recreate and maintain the views with a crowdfunding project that will give everyone the opportunity to get involved by donating or volunteering.

The project will greatly enhance the habitat for all kinds of wildlife, but particularly butterflies. The national charity Butterfly Conservation will work with a team of volunteers around the new viewpoint to create habitat areas for all butterflies to flourish, including the declining Small Blue species. By creating several patches of habitat, the butterflies should be able to disperse and spread across the North Downs between Guildford and Dorking.

Sculpture to celebrate natural beauty

As well as viewpoint clearing, a sculptural seat called 'Optohedron' has been commissioned. The striking new piece will include three spherical kaleidoscopes, each one allowing you to view a different element of the area, one looking up at the branches against the sky, another capturing the tree foliage and finally a view down towards the earth. It's projects like this that provide the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors to stop and enjoy the Surrey Hills.

Visit the Surrey Hills website to find out more, including how to make a donation.

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