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Your Countryside Needs You!
Who keeps Surrey looking lovely? You!
The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project volunteers carry out practical work in the countryside to enhance and maintain the natural beauty of our area.
Without volunteers, none of this would be possible, and the beautiful Surrey landscape we so love would be neglected and overgrown.
If you have time on your hands this winter, why not give volunteering a go?
Below are outlined the various ongoing projects in the local area. Above you can click on the slideshow to see the volunteering dates and times.
What are you waiting for? Your countryside needs you!
ASHTEAD & EPSOM COMMON SSSI: This joint task with City of London and Epsom and Ewell BC, who manage this Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), has become a traditional event, kickstarting the winter work programme. Volunteers will help maintain two sites that support a variety of important habitats including ancient oak pollards, acid grassland and heathland.
PRIEST HILL, EWELL: Surrey Wildlife Trust has recently acquired this chalk grassland site in Ewell. The first task here will be helping them to restore the hedgerows along the boundary of the site.
BLACK POND, ESHER COMMON: Esher Common is part of the Elmbridge Commons SSSI, managed by Elmbridge BC. Volunteers will be undertaking scrub clearance and felling of birch to restore a more diverse habitat around Black Pond.
PRINCES COVERTS, OXSHOTT: Another visit to this unique woodland, managed by the Crown Estate. Project volunteers have been coppicing here for the last decade continue to return to restore more coppiced woodland. This will rejuvenate the woodland, increase its biodiversity and to help bring it back into regular management.
NORBURY PARK, LEATHERHEAD: A mixture of woodland and downland, much of the 500 acre Park is an SSSI. Working with the Surrey Wildlife Trust Countryside Service, who manage the park, volunteers will be carrying out work to benefit woodland wildlife.
ASHTEAD COMMON: Volunteers began work at this National Nature Reserve in the autumn, clearing scrub and coppicing along the Rye Brook. It will be the Mole Countryside Management focus on Ashtead Common for the next couple of years.
HEADLEY WARREN: Join the regular winter visit to this wonderful chalk and downland SSSI. Over the last few years volunteers have restored large areas of downland previously submerged by scrub. Volunteers will continue with the scrub management to open up the grassland, which supports a wide variety of flowers and butterflies.
EPSOM DOWNS: Epsom Golf Course supports an important range of chalk grassland species and volunteers will once again be carrying out management to benefit them. Time will be spent working on different sites across the Downs carrying out scrub clearance and juniper management.
TOLWORTH COURT FARM: Part of the Higher Level Stewardship works that the Project is carrying out for the Royal Borough of Kingston. This historic farm landscape dates back to the Domesday Book. Volunteers will work on some of the ancient hedgerows. This is a split task with BW 34 in Chessington.
PUBLIC BRIDLEWAY 34, CHESSINGTON: This bridleway is an important link for many walkers and riders between Chessington and Claygate. Following the path surfacing at the end last year, volunteers are returning to carry out some further vegetation clearance on behalf of the Royal Borough of Kingston.
BROOKLANDS COMMUNITY PARK, BYFLEET: Following the successful boardwalk construction last year, the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project have been asked to organise further work by Elmbridge Borough Council. Volunteers will be carrying out scrub clearance and pond management.
RIVER LANE MEADOWS, FETCHAM: A return to these meadows, part of the River Mole Local Nature Reserve. Volunteers will be clearing scrub and coppicing along the Rye Brook to open up the watercourse once more.
To get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01372 743783.
To find out more, visit lowermoleproject.org.uk