Becoming a Surrey Hills Champion is an exciting opportunity to become part of a growing network of like-minded individuals and organisations, who share the same love of the Surrey Hills and belief in the key values of sustainability, quality and local provenance.
If you have a strong connection to the Surrey Hills and would you like to contribute to the environmental sustainability of the National Landscape, then you may wish to consider becoming a “Surrey Hills Champion”.
Your donation will enable our partners, Surrey Hills Society, to carry out vital community projects including tree planting, hedgerow planting and supporting young people to benefit from the healing power of nature. These projects are a significant part of our strategy to increase environmental sustainability, encourage native insects and wildlife and play our part to help reduce climate change.
The first designated site will be Clandon Wood Natural Burial ground and nature reserve. The 31 acre grounds are managed to complement the surrounding farmland and woodlands to the benefit of local wildlife. Although most of the site is meadowland the newly planted trees will blend the woodlands and grasslands of the neighbourhood together.
The Surrey Hills Champions program is kindly sponsored by Squire’s Garden Centres, Our champion of champions!
Squires is a family-owned business with 16 garden centres, 11 of which are located in Surrey.
“We are very excited to become partners with Surrey Hills Enterprises. As a local family business, we understand how important local provenance, quality products, community and sustainability are to our customers, and it is these values that run through our business.”
Sarah Squire, Chairman of Squire’s Garden Centres
The Surrey Hills Champions program is kindly sponsored by Enterprise M3 – a business led partnership, bringing together private, public and not-for-profit sector organisations to determine local economic priorities and undertake activities which drive economic growth and productivity through innovation, job creation, improved infrastructure and increased workforce skills within our area.
“Enterprise M3 LEP is delighted to be supporting Surrey Hills Enterprises’ Champions Programme. By supporting local businesses we can all do our bit for both the local economy and sustainability, and in planting trees we bring ourselves closer to the critical goal of becoming a net zero nation. This is very much at the heart of what we do, so we’re excited to be part of this fantastic scheme.”
Surrey Hills Society is an independent charity promoting the positive enjoyment and care of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for those who live, work in, or visit the area. The Society will be the nature recovery partner for the Champions initiative.
‘The Surrey Hills Society is delighted to be collaborating with Surrey Hills Enterprises to implement tree planting and nature recovery projects as part of the Champions programme. Our members are passionate about improving lives and habitats across the Surrey Hills and are extremely conscious of the threats that biodiversity loss and climate change present to our precious environment. This is a great opportunity for everyone to do their bit to help by subscribing as Champions’.
Gordon Jackson, Chairman of Surrey Hills Society
As a new member, I am keen to see unique and interesting walks like this one in Chilworth.