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Community Projects

Surrey Wildlife Trust is involved with a number of ongoing community projects throughout the county.

Westfield Common

SWT is pleased to be working with Woking Borough Council, Westfield Common Residents Association (WCRA), Residents Association (Hoe Valley) and other local people to help enhance Westfield Common.

Westfield Common is registered Common Land and consists of a network of small woods, grasslands and ponds to the South of Woking town centre near Old Woking. The area has been selected as a Site of Nature Conservation Importance for the rare and protected species that live there, such as Great Crested Newts, Chamomile and species-rich areas of wet woodland, ditches and ponds.

Woking Borough Council commissioned SWT to undertake up to date surveys of the whole of the area and then after consultation to produce a management plan to enhance the site for the benefit of wildlife and local people.

The results of the surveys and public consultation have been used to produce a management plan for the site. SWT are grateful to Woking Borough Council for their support and are working with local residents to help enhance Westfield Common. It is a very special area with a real sense of community and many dedicated and passionate local people who really care about their area.

Do you live in Woking or near Westfield Common? Want to get involved? To find out more about this project contact Frances Halstead on 07891 514574 or email groups@surreywt.org.uk

For more information about other community projects in Surrey see the Merstham Community Project page or to find a community project near you click on the Group Membership page.

Merstham

We have been working with the Merstham Community for several years and have been engaging as many people as possible in our work and projects, which are designed to inspire, educate and motivate people to champion their local wild places.

The Merstham Community are still benefitting from our Community Engagement Officer as a legacy of the Surrey Greenspace Project. SWT organises events for all ages, that are aimed at helping improve biodiversity whilst encouraging local people to connect with wildlife. Projects include The Furzefield Wood Project and The Merstham Magpies.

The Furzefield Wood Project

This exciting project was kicked off last year with the Furzefield Family Fun Day in August where the Tree Pirates created and installed a new entrance piece for the woodland. A new footpath will also be installed within the woodland, making it more accessible at all times of year for the local community. There will be another Fun Day in August 2014, by which time it is hoped the new footpath will be in place.

The Merstham Magpies

Our practical volunteer group meet on the 3rd Saturday of every month to undertake a wide variety of conservation tasks within the area. Upcoming tasks include improving the ecology area in a local school, tree planting, surveying and bridge construction.

Public Events

Planned events include a guided walk of the local nature reserves, Wild Rangers Fun in the Forest, a 12 mile walk, our usual Halloween Event and a bat walk. Keep an eye on our What's On pages for more information.

Find out more

If you would like to become a Merstham Magpie or have any queries about SWT’s Merstham Community work please email our Community Engagement Officer at: laura.ashfield@surreywt.org.uk