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Project News and Forthcoming Events

Project News

Another Downlands Countryside Management success story –

The Old Surrey Downs Project.

Project Staff:

OSD Project Officer (Community) – Chris Skinner
OSD Project Officer (Grazing) – Caroline FitzGerald
OSD Project Administrator – Debbie Hescott
OSD Project Training Placement (Yr 1) – John Hansen

For more information call us on 01737 733933.

The Aims of the Old Surrey Downs Project:

To revitalise chalk grassland through practical habitat management and by helping people understand the importance of chalk downland as part of their local heritage.

We want to encourage local people to take part in discovering its past and securing its future.

The Old Surrey Downs Project started earlier in 2006 and will continue until the end of 2010, involving work on 25 different sites across the county. Our key tasks will be:

· Raising local awareness of the importance of chalk grassland and the threats

  facing it
· Raising the interest of local communities in their chalk grassland by providing

  opportunities for personal involvement
· Restoring the open character of the chalk landscape by scrub clearance
· Returning grazing to its major role in restoring chalk grassland.

Some of the sites to benefit include Pewley Downs SNCI in Guildford; Hutchinsons Bank in Croydon; Quarry Hangars in Merstham; Chipstead Downs SSSI in Banstead and Cuddington Meadow in Sutton.

In addition to support of nearly £1 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Old Surrey Downs Project is supported by the Downlands Partnership (partners listed below) and Guildford Borough Council, Surrey and London Wildlife Trusts, The National Trust and English Nature.

Contact details:

Project Manager – Alec Baxter-Brown
Downlands Project Officer – Mike Cummings
Downlands Project Officer – Matt Field

Downlands Countryside Management Project, South East Area Office, Surrey County Council, The Omnibus Building, Lesbourne Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 7JA

Telephone: 01737 737700

The Project is supported by

Surrey County Council, The London Borough of Sutton , Croydon Council, the City of London Corporation , Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, Tandridge District Council and English Nature

Surrey County Council
working in partnership
Surrey Countryside Management