Blackwater Valley





LM Task Programme

Winter 2007

The Lower Mole Countryside Management Project volunteers carry out practical work in the countryside to enhance and maintain the natural beauty of our area. We rely on you to help us achieve these aims. If you have time on your hands this winter, and are aged over 16, why not give us a try?

Before step renovation During renovation After renovation on Molesey Heath

Step renovation on Molesey Heath

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To view the current task programme, please follow this link to the Surrey County Council website Lower Mole Winter Task Programme



There are 3 diseases to be aware of if you are involved in practical conservation work – Tetanus, Weil’s and Lyme’s Disease. However, don’t panic, these are rarely encountered. The first two are easy to avoid with basic hygiene: wash your hands before eating and wash out any cut you get on site with plenty of water – we always have clean water available for this. Tetanus is very painful and (if not diagnosed early) sometimes fatal. However, it is entirely preventable by making sure your immunisation is up to date. If in doubt, consult your doctor. Weil’s Disease is carried by rats and is associated with stagnant or still water. This can be avoided by covering any old or new cut with a waterproof plaster before starting work on a pond, river or ditch and by consulting your doctor if you get an unseasonable cold or flu after working on one of these. Lyme’s Disease is carried by ticks, which are often found in long vegetation, especially bracken. Symptoms are flu like and a rash may appear at the site of the bite. To avoid this keep exposed skin to a minimum and check regularly for ticks. If in doubt consult your doctor. In addition, if you suffer from any illness, such as diabetes or epilepsy, then please let the staff know. This information will be kept in strictest confidence.

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VOLUNTEERS INFORMATION – tel no.: 01372 743783

For all tasks our happy band of volunteers meet at 10am on site. However, we do provide a pick up from our office at Horton Country Park at 9.15am and from Epsom Station at 9.30am on every task day. (However if you require a lift you MUST let us know beforehand, because we won’t drive to Epsom if no one has rung). Please bring warm clothes and waterproofs, and it is advisable to wear wellingtons or strong boots or shoes. Full training and supervision, first aid and insurance cover are provided. We also provide coffee, tea, squash and biscuits, but remember to bring a packed lunch. Please let us know beforehand whether you will be attending a task, so that we can let you know of any changes. The nswerphone gives details of any changes.



Every Wednesday and alternate Sundays – Epsom Health Walks

Improve your health and fitness, enjoy the countryside and meet new people. Walks are approx 1 hr, with trained leaders.  For details of Lower Mole’s Countryside and Healthy walks programme follow this link to the Surrey County Council website.

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Contact details

Project Manager: Nick Owen
Senior Project Officer: Helen Cocker
Project Officers:Conor Morrow, Louise Wilford

Temporary Project Officer:  Steve Bolton

2 West Park Farmhouse, Horton Country Park, Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL.

Telephone: 01372 743783
Fax: 01372 742291

The Project is supported by

Surrey County Council, Elmbridge Borough Council, Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Mole Valley District Council, the Corporation of London and English Nature

Surrey County Council
working in partnership
Surrey Countryside Management