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The Trust attended the Epsom & Ewell Fair, on 15th September, and as well as telling people about the work of the Trust and the Partnership, organised two craft activities for children,  including making leaf masks and “Gods’ eyes”.

 

The Trust funded the purchase of new work signs for the Partnership.

 

Young Street verge

Over the last three years LMP volunteers have cleared 0.9ha of scrub from this rich sward, which has seen the return of cowslips and orchids and increased butterfly recordings  Previously, the work has been funded by MVDC and LMCT.  The Trust has agreed a grant of £1200 to fund the LMP to clear the scrub in the remaining section of this valuable habitat and cut any scrub regrowth in the previously cleared areas this autumn.

More tree poppers!

Owing to the success of the last tree poppers that the LMP purchased they have made another successful bid to purchase two more for a total of £594.  These are great tools enabling volunteers to pull out the roots of small trees, so no need to re-cut or treat with chemicals!

Mower training

The Trust awarded a grant of £1350 to fund the training of eight LMP volunteers in the safe use of pedestrian mowers.  This will help with the future management of many sites and make use of the mower that was donated to the LMP.

The Lower Mole Countryside Trust is very grateful for the donation from Waitrose, through its Green Token scheme, of  £1,641.60 this summer.

The funds are from the scheme, by which customers – having done their shopping – select one of three charities to which they want Waitrose to contribute.

The donation is much appreciated, and will be put towards our valuable work.

The Trust supports a wide range of habitat management, landscape enhancements and access improvements across the countryside of north Surrey by encouraging community involvement and raising funds to support work by local people and community groups, including the dedicated team of volunteers at the Lower Mole Partnership, who will be carrying out improvements at sites in Epsom, Leatherhead, Esher, Brooklands and Tolworth this winter.

Tree poppers

A grant of £495.00 has been given to the LMP for the purchase of two Tree Poppers.  A revolutionary new item of equipment that enables one person to extract scrub, woody plant species, ragwort and trees, roots and all.  This method of removal avoids the problem of multi-stem regrowth, and removes the need for herbicide treatment.

Young Street Verge

The LMP have been awarded £600.00 to enable the completion of scrub clearance at Young Street Road verge, including chipping the cut material. This will help maintain an area of valuable chalk grassland

Woodcote Millennium Green

The Trust awarded a grant of £1000.00 to the Woodcote Millennium Green Trust for tree clearance and dredging of the pond to restore it to it’s previous habitat.

The Woodcote Millennium Green is the only one in Surrey, and can be found at the rear of Epsom General Hospital.  In 1999 the Harwood family donated a large portion of land including the pond to be held in perpetuity by the Trustees of the Woodcote Millennium Green Trust.

For more information visit woodcotemillenniumgreen.org.uk

 

Epsom RDA hedge

The Trust has contributed £500.00 to Epsom Riding for the Disabled, towards the cost of a 300 metre hedge of native species.  This will create a valuable habitat for wildlife in addition to protecting their site from the wind  and improving security.

 

Personal Protective Equipment

The LMP have made a successful application to the Trust for £722.00 for the purchase of safety helmets, gloves, and safety goggles. This essential kit is to be used by their hardworking volunteers, to keep them protected whilst out and about in the countryside.

 

Small Blue Butterfly Project on the North Downs

The Trust awarded £2000.00 to Butterfly Conservation towards the overall cost of £62,700.00 for establishing a series of stepping stones to link up colonies of the Small Blue butterfly on the North Downs.

For more information visit butterfly-conservation.org