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Conservation volunteering with the local Downlands Partnership team of course!

The Downlands Partnership, one of the three Surrey Countryside Partnerships, carries out practical, targeted habitat management work and access improvements on many glorious countryside sites, which includes, Banstead, Chipstead, Hooley and Caterham. 

We would greatly welcome some new volunteers to come and join our happy crew! There is no fixed commitment, you can join in on any of the local dates that you fancy, for a full (10-4) or half day (10-1).

We can accommodate and welcome larger corporate, community and school groups by special arrangement. Also voluntary work placements for people interested in a countryside management career. 

We recommend a scrub clearance (autumn/winter) or balsam/ragwort pulling task (spring/summer) as ideal to try if you are new to practical conservation volunteering.

What skills do I need?

You need to be reasonably fit. However, you can work at your own pace and take breaks as required.

You must not mind getting dirty and sometimes wet, as we work in all weathers!

Please wear old, comfortable, clothing (layers recommended and waterproofs if weather requires) plus sturdy footwear (steel toe-capped boots are best or wellies). Please bring your own gardening gloves if you have them. Bring sunscreen and wear a hat in the hot summer weather too.

Please bring a packed lunch and water if staying all day.

We provide tea/coffee, biscuits, all tools and all necessary training/guidance and you will be covered under our Surrey County Council insurance.

There is no fixed commitment; you can join in as often as you like, it's a flexible role. 

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Downlands Partnership

Quick Enquiry


  • Animals and Wildlife
  • Environment
  • Mental Health
  • Older People
  • Young People


  • Conservation
  • Gardening


  • Accessibility
    Please contact us in advance to discuss any access or special needs requirements - many thanks. Please note that you do need to be reasonably physically fit for practical conservation volunteering work.
  • Age restrictions
    Under 16's must be accompanied by an adult.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
    Full support from the staff/task leaders and from the regular volunteers as well; we are a friendly. welcoming conservation crew.
  • Training provided
    Full guidance is provided on all tasks. Some formal countryside training courses (such as brush cutter use) are offered once a volunteer has been with us for a while and shows a keen interest.
  • Volunteer induction
  • Volunteer Policy
    Copy available upon request.
  • Volunteers covered by insurance
    Under Surrey County Council.
  • Written role description
    We provide a copy of our detailed role/health & safety information to all new volunteers.

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 04/01/2022

End Date: 31/12/2023

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Availability Details

Our volunteering task days run from 10am to 4pm (we usually finish a bit earlier around 3-3.30pm during winter). You can join in all day or for a few hours/half day in the morning if preferred. We provide a full introduction to the task/site and a health & safety talk at the start of each session. Please note: we also run practical conservation volunteering sessions on Mondays (same timings) and one Sunday per month at the Sanderstead to Whyteleafe Countryside Area, which is just outside the Reigate & Banstead area. New volunteers are always welcome on these task sessions as well, so please just get in touch if of interest.

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