Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteers
Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteers - Conserving the Surrey Countryside
Tasks are organised to take place fortnightly on a Sunday (see below)

Key points:
  •  Meet at the agreed car park at 10:00 (unless otherwise specified)
  •  Bring suitable clothing and lunch (tea and biscuits are provided)

  • Work generally finishes about 3:30-4:00pm depending on
    the time of year and weather


Winter/Spring 2017 Task Schedule
(task details and meeting place to be announced, where not specified)

Please note: due to the SWT restructuring upheaval,
all tasks after 12th March up until SEPTEMBER will now NOT take place.

As we discovered in June, SWT does not offer weekend volunteering opportunites
during the summer months (strangely, though, they do offer midweek tasks),
but hopefully we can offer Sunday tasks again from October onwards. 

Below the Social Schedule is a message from Surrey Wildlife Trust's
chief ececutive Nigel Davenport that was sent out to most of SWT's volunteers

Sunday     15 January         West Hanger – Ranger: Leo – Leader: Clive
                                                    (meet at West Hanger car park)

Sunday     29 January         Sheepleas – Ranger: Guy – Leader: Clive

Sunday     12 February       Chinthurst – Ranger: Leo – Leader: Clive

Sunday     26 February       Wood Street Village Pond  Leader: Clive
                                            Meet at Wood Street Infant School car park 
Sunday     12 March            Chitty's Common – Ranger: Leo – Leader: Clive
                                                     Boardwalk and woodland work

Sunday     26 March            Sheepleas cancelled

Sunday     9 April                Norbury – cancelled

Sunday     23 April              Sheepleas cancelled

For further details – including meeting point – please contact the leader,
Clive Roberts, on: 01932 843045

Social Schedule

The social programme presently consists of a meal on the 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:30pm, with a pub meet at 7pm at the Victoria in Surbiton beforehand, plus occasional walks.

Venue: Red Rose or Zizzi's
(time and place to be confirmed by Mike via email)

Other special events/meals will be announced as they occur 

Message from Nigel Davenport, chief executive, Surrey Wildlife Trust re: Countryside Management Department upheaval

Dear Volunteers,

I am writing to update you on the restructure of the Countryside Management department at the Trust.

Following budget cuts by Surrey County Council (SCC), the Trust announced earlier this year the restructuring of our three area teams in the Countryside Management department. Around 75% of the land managed by these teams is owned by SCC. Therefore any reduction in the funding from SCC for this team has a major impact on the staffing structure required to deliver this contract.

A number of people have written to ask us to review the decision. I wanted to let you know that earlier this month, our Trustees did exactly this. The Trustees looked in detail again at the issues the Trust faces and the funding options available. At the end of this, a vote was held with all Trustees present and the Board voted unanimously to continue with the restructure as originally planned.

Conservation on our sites is at the centre of the Trust and in order to continue to deliver our mission we will need to change how we manage the land. The new team of 10 will be structured in a different way and the new roles will be specialised. However we very much hope that we will have some familiar faces within the new department.

As I am sure you will understand, the new team will need some time to get to grips with their new roles and responsibilities. We will therefore need to pause the volunteer work party programme from 20th March – 1st June to help the team to come together (please note: work parties will continue at Bay Pond and Nower Wood). From 1st June, the volunteering pattern will be very similar to the normal framework and will be led by the three dedicated Practical Volunteer Leaders who will work across the county. These leaders will be knowledgeable countryside specialists.

We will be in touch again in the spring to let you know about the restarting of work parties for the summer programme. During this pause, you are very welcome to come and volunteer elsewhere in the Trust – please email the Volunteering Team at and they can arrange this for you.

We hugely value your support and that of all our volunteers whether they are teaching children, recording species or working on our reserves. As we go forward, we would very much appreciate your ideas on how we can invest in our volunteer opportunities and improve experiences across the Trust. We will be in touch again later this year to make this happen.
Our mission will always be to care for Surrey’s beautiful landscape for the benefit of wildlife and people. Rest assured that we will not abandon the countryside in spite of current funding challenges. We hugely appreciate your support through this difficult process.
Yours sincerely
Nigel Davenport
Chief Executive

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