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Archive for July, 2016

Apprentice Training
The Trust agreed a grant towards the cost of chainsaw training at Merrist Wood for the Surrey Countryside Partnerships team apprentice.  This further increases the skills that he has gained during his time with the Partnerships.

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Living Woodlands
The Trust continued to support the Lower Mole Partnership’s Living Woodlands scheme, and awarded a grant to the Nonsuch Park Volunteers (a living Woodlands site) for the purchase of a pole saw to replace the existing one which was no longer serviceable.  This allows the volunteers to undertake more effective tree pruning and maintenance.
Pollarding a willow with a pole saw

Pollarding a willow with a new pole saw

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Castle Hill LNR

The Trust received a Neighbourhood grant from the Royal Borough of Kingston for the purchase and installation of a metal pedestrian gate, with a wooden kissing gate style box around it.  This is to stop motorcycles entering the site and also to give it a more cared for look.  This was part of an agreed plan with Historic England and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

New gate at Castle Hill

New gate at Castle Hill

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Teazle Wood

The Teazle Wood Trust was founded in 2015 by the Friends of Teazle Wood, who formed in 2011 to campaign to save Teazle Wood, 57 acres of woodland in Leatherhead.  It is a very valuable site with an interesting history.  A grant was awarded to them to continue with their habitat management work this year.

Managing scrub in Teazle Wood

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Power polesaw training
Previously the Trust funded an application from the Lower Mole Partnership to purchase a powered polesaw.  However, its use was limited as only one member of staff was trained to use it.  The Trust has now funded training for two volunteers to be trained in its use.

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Lamberts Orchard Pond
In 2013 the Trust raised funds from Surrey County Council members’ allocation, the Friends of Horton Country Park and a contribution from Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to enable the LMP to undertake the first stage in its restoration.   In 2015 the same funders gave further funding to enable the LMP to undertake a second phase.

Pond restoration

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Friends of Ashtead Rye Meadows Wetlands
An increased volunteer workforce meant that the Friends had an insufficient number and variety of tools, especially when joined on task by other organisations.  The Trust agreed a grant to enable the Friends to purchase the necessary items.

Ashtead

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First formal corporate partnership with Kantar Worldpanel UK

 

Debbie Hescott, Surrey Countryside Partnerships Business Development Officer , writes:           

We are very pleased to announce our first formal corporate partnership with Kantar Worldpanel UK, based in Epsom town centre and with a second office in Hangers Lane, West London.Kantar Worldpanel is the global expert in shoppers’ behaviour and the company has the UK’s largest consumer panel. Comprised of 30,000 households, the panel enables the company to offer the largest single source of continuous consumer and shopper insights.

The company has a strong corporate responsibility, nationally and internationally. Their Helping Hands’ initiative was established in 2010 as a way for Kantar Worldpanel UK to give back to the local community in a more personal way. Volunteers from across the business drive their UK charitable work through fun internal activities and formal partnerships with local charities.  The Lower Mole Countryside Trust is proud to be the first charity now being formally supported local to their Epsom office.

Staff have already provided their ‘helping hands’ during the last couple of years, joining in with Lower Mole Partnership summer Himalayan Balsam bashing at Bonesgate in Chessington.  For 2016 we will be offering four, varied Lower Mole task days for staff to join in with, plus we are aiming for a large number of staff to come out for a nice spring task on ‘Give and Gain Day’ on 20 May.

We also hope to work on future fundraising initiatives in partnership with Sophie Quinn, an Analyst based at their Epsom office, who leads on organising the staff volunteering activities.  Sophie is a keen practical conservation volunteer and will be encouraging lots of colleagues to come out volunteering with us in the glorious local countryside.

Hema Patel, Employee Engagement Leader for Kantar Worldpanel UK said “We are very pleased to strengthen our partnership with the Lower Mole Countryside Trust and continue making a difference to our local environment in 2016.”

Debbie Hescott said “We are very grateful to Kantar Worldpanel for their continued enthusiastic support of our Lower Mole work. We are really looking forward to further developing our relationship with Sophie and the team and to welcoming staff out on task with us throughout the year.  We will be encouraging many more local companies to establish similar corporate partnerships with us as well”.

 

 

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