Downlands Partnership is a separate organisation but is our primary partner organisation and beneficiary.
- Provides a local, established countryside management partnership service, with the vital support of volunteers.
- Carries out seasonal practical countryside work in order to maintain, restore and enhance biodiversity and access.
- Delivers an extensive conservation grazing programme at 24 locations across NE Surrey and in the adjoining urban fringe areas of Croydon and Sutton, including sites in Banstead, Caterham, Chipstead, Coulsdon, New Addington, Sanderstead and Woldingham.
- In 2019 the Downlands Partnership grazed a total of 200 sheep, 12 cattle and 14 goats.
The countryside management work carried out by the Downlands Partnership staff and volunteers is wide-ranging and includes:
- scrub clearance;
- fence construction and maintenance;
- hedge and tree planting; coppicing;
- path and step construction and maintenance;
- pond creation and maintenance;
- ragwort and targeted invasive species (rhododendron) control;