Partnership Working

We work with other landowners to encourage people to visit and enjoy the countryside.

Our partners include:

Surrey County Council

SWT took over the management of Surrey County Council’s (SCC) Countryside Estate in May 2002 under an agreement that was thought to be the first of its kind. Both organisations are proud of this ground-breaking partnership. The Agreement for Services has proved to have been an unqualified success for both SWT and SCC. The Trust has been able to access significant charitable and environmental grants that were not previously available to SCC and has thus invested heavily in the Estate, for the direct benefit of both people and wildlife of Surrey.


Mole Valley District Council

n 2008 SWT were approached by MVDC to explore the feasibility of managing five of their countryside sites. Initial site visits were undertaken to identify capital works, for which MVDC would finance, within the first two years of the agreement. These included provision of information boards, viewpoint creation and habitat management plus a written management plan for each site. MVDC now pay an annual management fee for the management of the five sites. The benefits for both parties is an increased community profile in the Dorking area, a dedicated Ranger responsible for the sites, increased volunteer numbers and positive habitat management.


Albury Estate:

Surrey Wildlife Trust manages an Access Agreement on behalf of Surrey County Council for The Albury Estate, and is responsible for managing the public access over and to Newlands Corner, Silent Pool and St Martha's Hill under the Access Agreement. These popular and beautiful sites lie in the heart of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and offer superb views of the surrounding countryside and provide a wide variety of habitats including chalk grassland, heath/acid grassland, woodland and wetland. SWT carries out a wide range of tasks throughout the year to ensure the sites are presentable and welcoming for everyone to enjoy and also manages all of the car parks associated with the sites, provides information boards with up-to-date seasonal Ranger Notes, maintains the Self-Guided Trails, offers guided walks, activities, events and volunteer opportunities throughout the year for families, children and adults. Other works also include mowing the Albury Downs, scrub control and managing the cattle which graze the Downs at Newlands Corner in temporary compartments in the autumn/winter months.


Hampton Estate:

Surrey Wildlife Trust manages an Access Agreement on behalf of Surrey County Council for The Hampton Estate, and is responsible for managing the public access over and to Puttenham Common, Lower Puttenham Common and Britty Wood. This beautiful Estate offers extensive views, rolling hills and expansive areas of lowland heathland, woodland as well as a number of ponds including the Tarn and General’s Pond. As part of the Access Agreement, SWT carries out a wide range of tasks throughout the year and manages the four car parks provided along with the information boards and up-to-date seasonal Ranger Notes. SWT also maintains the three Self-Guided Trails, which enable visitors to explore Puttenham Common that vary in length from 45 minutes to 2 hours. SWT offers a variety of guided walks, activities and volunteer opportunities throughout the year and tasks tend to focus on path clearance, maintenance of the Self-Guided Trail’s and also assisting the Hampton Estate with scrub clearance, control of the Rhododendron and bracken across the open areas of the Common.


Wotton Estate:

Surrey Wildlife Trust manages an Access Agreement on behalf of Surrey County Council for The Wotton Estate, and is responsible for managing the public access over White Down, Wotton and Abinger Commons and Pasturewood. These beautiful sites are composed of mixed woodland and heathland and lie within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Wotton Common offers superb views of the surrounding countryside from the summit of Leith Hill, which sits upon the Greensand Ridge and is the highest point in south east England. As part of the Access Agreement, SWT carries out a wide range of tasks throughout the year and manages the five car parks across the Estate along with the information boards and up-to-date seasonal Ranger Notes and maintains a Self-Guided Trail across White Down. SWT offers guided walks throughout the year to enable visitors to explore this beautiful part of the county as well as volunteering opportunities to undertake tasks such as path clearance and habitat management in agreement with the Wotton Estate.