Without volunteers, our countryside Projects would not be able
to achieve the huge variety of tasks undertaken on behalf of our
funding partners. Over the years, volunteers have dug, planted,
hammered, sown, restored, created and cleared miles of Surrey’s
countryside. This doesn’t take account of our office volunteers
who have assisted with production of newsletters, amongst other
valuable office-based tasks.
Some of our tasks are very specific and require machinery and contractors
to carry them out. This is particularly the case with the Heathland
Project in carrying out heathland restoration using the Heritage
Lottery Fund grant they received. Handling of livestock is also
generally carried out by Surrey’s Project staff.
There are many benefits to be considered by volunteering for countryside
work. There is always a sense of satisfaction at what has been achieved,
plenty of fresh air, a way of gaining new skills and a level of
fitness, not to mention a chance to meet with other like-minded
So, if you have some time to spare, however little, please consider
making contact with us. You will see from the map on our
home page where each Project is located within the county. Please access our Volunteering form going directly to each Project, or access the Blackwater Valley volunteering links via their own website.
Did you know that Surrey County Council allocates its staff two
days per annum (outside of annual leave) to volunteer with many
varied organisations, including the Countryside Management Projects?
Over the first 20 years of the project approach to countryside
management in Surrey and surrounding areas, more than 396,000 hours
of work were contributed by volunteers – a staggering amount. So,
this is an opportunity to say a big "THANK
YOU" to all those who do volunteer for us on a regular
basis. We’ll keep on supplying you with tea, biscuits and a friendly
face if you keep on turning up.