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
· 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.