Countryside volunteering locations and task dates 2018

Last year you gave us an incredible 2738 days of your time; a remarkable achievement which is greatly appreciated by our rangers.  Your work has help make major improvements to our sites for the benefit of wildlife and improve public access. Well done and thank you.

Below you can find a list of upcoming opportunities that you can get involved with. Please note all postcodes are the nearest to the site.

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Frensham Common

Volunteer sessions take place every Wednesday from 10:00 – 15:30, apart from the second Wednesday of the month where the session will instead be at Mare Hill Common (see below). Unless otherwise specified, meet at 10:00 at the Frensham Pond visitor centre, Bacon Lane, Churt, GU10 2QB. Sessions led by Darren.

Wednesday 25 July

Wildlife Survey: The next in a series of survey days planned over the summer. Over the course of the season, we will be surveying Frensham’s bird, butterfly, dragonfly, reptile, and moth species culminating in a night time bat/ nightjar event.

Wednesday 1 August

Toad Pond Maintenance: We will spend the day maintaining the natterjack toad ponds and surrounding terrestrial habitat. This will involve cutting the grassy areas directly in front of the ponds but will also focus on the surrounding areas.

Wednesday 15 August

Site Maintenance: Sessions in August are subject to change due to site visitor pressure but will focus on reactive, site maintenance works.

Wednesday 22 August

Wildlife Survey: The final survey day of the summer programme. In addition to adding to the data gathered so far during the daytime surveys, we will also be heading out after dark to survey bats, moths and nightjars. The evening session will run from 1 hour before sunset at the Great Pond car park.

Wednesday 29 August

Site Maintenance: Sessions in August are subject to change due to site visitor pressure, but will focus on reactive, site maintenance works.

Wednesday 5 September

Gorse coppicing: Today we will be coppicing overgrown and straggly path side gorse to increase fire break potential and create more diversity of vegetation structure.

Wednesday 19 September

Gorse coppicing: Today we will continue with coppicing overgrown and straggly path side gorse to increase fire break potential and create more diversity of vegetation structure.

Wednesday 26 September

Gorse coppicing: Today we will be working to coppice a large area of gorse, providing more sunlight to the ground flora, introducing diversity of structure and reducing the overall risk of fire.

Mare Hill Common, Witley

Volunteer sessions from 10:00 - 15:30 usually take place on the second Wednesday of the month, though there are occasional sessions on other Wednesdays. Meet 10:00 at the small car park off Roke Lane, Witley, GU8 5NZ (SU 936 399). Sessions led by Vicky.

Wednesday 8 August

Boardwalk construction and path surfacing: We will finish the boardwalk started last month and then add some surfacing to the rest of the path.

Wednesday 12 September

Pine pulling: We will pull up small pines from a recently restored area of heathland in order to give the establishing heathland vegetation more space and light.

Farnham Park

Assist us with the management of this historic deer park. From March to May inclusive, we are running two volunteer sessions per month on a Wednesday morning from 9:30 – 12:30, and then from June onwards there will be a session every Wednesday morning. Meet at 9.30am at the Farnham Park ranger’s office in the main car park on Folly Hill (GU9 0AU) or check site noticeboards and meet at the work location at 10am.

Dates and tasks are subject to change – please check with site noticeboards or the ranger beforehand by calling 01252 717047.

Sessions led by Darren or Vicky

Wednesday 18 and 25 July

Himalayan balsam removal: We will be continuing in our battle with this pink peril. This month we are aiming push this invader right back and eradicate it from parts of the Park. Meeting place to be confirmed.

Wednesday 1, 8, and 15 August

Himalayan balsam removal: We will re-visit previously cleared areas to removed any plants which escaped our attention last month. Meeting place to be confirmed.

Wednesday 22 and 29 August

Traditional hay making: We will be cutting and raking grassland areas to create favourable conditions for wild flowers and prevent scrub and brambles from taking over. Meeting place to be confirmed

Wednesday 5, 12, 19, and 26 September

Scrub clearance: We will be clearing scrub in the grazing area to make new areas accessible for the cattle. Meeting place to be confirmed.

Phillips Memorial Park, Godalming

Help restore the much-loved Phillips Memorial Park in Godalming by joining in with other volunteers on the second Wednesday of the month from 10:00 – 13:00. Meet at the volunteer shed on The Burys next to the play area, GU7 1EE.

Sessions led by James.

Wednesday 8 August

Tidying and weeding around Cloister and War Memorial beds.

Wednesday 12 September

Cutting back vegetation around the wildlife pond.

Broadwater Park, Godalming

Volunteer sessions are run on the third Wednesday of the month. Meet at the Old Stable Block, next to the community centre off Summers road, GU7 3BH. Sessions led by James

Wednesday 18 July

Tidying and weeding the beds at the rear of Farncombe Wanderers Cricket Club pavilion and also removing tree stakes and ties where they are no longer necessary.

Wednesday 15 August

Woodland management work in clearings near the boundary with the golf course.

Wednesday 19 September

Clearing weeds and grass from hedge along school boundary.

Blackheath Common, near Wonersh 

Volunteer sessions usually take place on the fourth Thursday of every month, from 10:00 – 13:00. Sessions led by James.

Thursday 28 July

Bracken bashing: Bashing and crushing bracken to reduce its extent and spread. Meet at the firebreak along track off Sample Oak Lane, GU4 8QS.

Thursday 23 August

Bracken bashing: Bashing and crushing bracken to reduce its extent and spread. Meet at Littleford Lane layby, GU4 8QY.

Thursday 27 September

Pine pulling: Removing young pines to maintain open heather. Meet at Blackheath Lane Car park, GU4 8RB.

Lammas Lands, Godalming

Volunteer sessions on these floodplain meadows usually take place on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10:00 – 13:00.

Sessions led by James

Wednesday 25 July

Ragwort pulling: Removing the remainder of the poisonous ragwort so that it is not eaten by cattle grazing Overgone meadow. Meet by Overgone Meadow entrance off of Bridge road, GU7 3DT.

Wednesday 22 August

Vegetation management around the pond in Catteshall meadow. Meet at gate onto Catteshall Meadow beside Godalming United Church, GU7 3DU.

Wednesday 26 September

Pondside vegetation management: Continuing with tackling the vegetation around the pond on Catteshall meadow.

Meet at gate onto Catteshall Meadow beside Godalming United Church, GU7 3DU.

More information

For more details about volunteering, please contact the Parks and Countryside Team.
Contact: parks&countryside@waverley.gov.uk or 01483 523394.

Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 17/07/2018 15:10