Surrey Choices Growth Team

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In partnership with Surrey Hills Society, the Surrey Choices Growth Team have been funded by FiPL to work one day a week at Newlands Corner, helping to manage access for people and improve habitat for nature. This is part of the Surrey Hills Conservation Volunteers programme, and you can see what they are currently working on here.

Surrey Choices provide a range of support services, which are dedicated to improving the independence, confidence, and life skills of disabled and autistic people and those with other support needs.

On Tuesday 1 February 2022, the Surrey Hills was delighted to host The Rt Hon Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Rural Affairs, access to nature and Biosecurity) at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.  The Minister met the Surrey Choices team at Newlands Corner to view the excellent progress that they have made with removing invasive scrub from the chalk grassland, a habitat which is internationally important for its rarity and species richness.

This project is helping deliver the Surrey Hills Management Plan by sustainably managing and conserving habitats and the natural environment and enriching the access and enjoyment of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for all.

Project summary

Applicant Surrey Hills Society (Christa Emmett)
FiPL grant awarded £1,820
Total project cost £1,820
Project start date 16 December 2021
Project end date 21 March 2022