Horsell Common Preservation Society

A member of the Surrey Heath, Runnymede, Surrey, Woking and Horsell communities

About Horsell Common Preservation Society

Horsell Common Preservation Society (HCPS) own and manage areas of common land with public access including Horsell Common, Heather Farm, Pyrford Common, Littlewick Common, Woodham Common and various parcels of adjacent land. HCPS is a charity run by volunteer trustees who along with two employees Paul Rimmer - Estate Manager and Rachel Woodman - Senior Ranger are responsible for maintaining approximately 80% of Woking's open spaces, which provide vital environmental benefits for the Borough.

HCPS rely upon the time and efforts of public and corporate volunteers to assist with regular common land maintenance and for special projects including building of easy access paths.

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Tuesday Volunteer Conservation Working Parties, future dates!

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We will be removing some of the invasive Rhododendrum's and Cherry Laurel that is creeping through the pine woodlands and onto the heathland, replacing old fencing to keep in the cattle and other tasks around the Common. Then after bird nesting season we will be clearing scrub off the heathland.

Here are the current dates for Tuesdays. They are subject to change and take note some are a week apart and others 2 or 3 weeks. Before each week a reminder will be sent out so that you can book in. Sundays will start again on September as usual.

Dates 2018;

  • 5th June
  • 12th June
  • 3rd July
  • 17th July
  • 31st July
  • 21st August
  • 4th Sept
  • 18th Sept
  • 2nd Oct
  • 16th Oct
  • 30th Oct
  • 13th Nov
  • 27th Nov
Booking is required via email; rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; call or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. If it is a different venue from the last Tuesday group a map will be sent to you.

Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but a parent/guardian must supervise.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent. email Rachel or call 07701366520 if the weather is wet to check for a cancellation.

Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves, sunscreen, insect repellant and sturdy footwear.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

Ranger Rachel.

Tuesday 12th June Volunteer Conservation Working Party

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We will be clearing the fence line and replacing posts to help keep in the cattle grazing for conservation.

Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; call or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. If it is a different venue from the last Tuesday group a map will be sent to you.

Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but a parent/guardian must supervise.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent. email Rachel or call 07701366520 if the weather is wet to check for a cancellation.

Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear. Do not forget drinking water in case the hot weather returns!

I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

Ranger Rachel.
When
12 Jun 2018 at 10:00am
until 12 Jun 2018 at 1:00pm

Tuesday 1st May Volunteer Conservation Working Party

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We are now into bird nesting season so new tasks will be organised to minimise disturbance. On this one we will be replacing posts to strengthen fencing to keep in the new cattle that have arrived. They help create diversity in the heathland for conservation by reducing the dominance of gorse and bramble from taking over.

For your diaries; Then on the next volunteer Tuesday is the 15th May.

Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; call or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. If it is a different venue from the last Tuesday group a map will be sent to you.

Please bring your own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

Min age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but a parent/guardian must supervise if they are under 16.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent. email Rachel or call 0770136520 if the weather is wet to check for a cancellation.

Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

Ranger Rachel.
When
01 May 2018 at 10:00am
until 01 May 2018 at 1:00pm

Tuesday 20th March Volunteer Conservation Working Party

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We will be clearing scrub before birds start nesting and having a small bonfire.

Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; call or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. If it is a different venue from the last Tuesday group a map will be sent to you.

Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but a parent/guardian must supervise.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent. email Rachel or call 0770136520 if the weather is wet to check for a cancellation.

Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear. Also drinking water.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

Ranger Rachel.
When
20 Mar 2018 at 10:00am
until 20 Mar 2017 at 1:00pm

The next Tuesday Volunteer Conservation Working Party -is on 13th March!

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common.

Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. If it is a different venue from the last Tuesday group a map will be sent to you.

Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but a parent/guardian must supervise.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent.

Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear. Also drinking water.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

Ranger Rachel.
When
13 Mar 2018 at 10:00am
until 13 Mar 2017 at 1:00pm

The next Tuesday Volunteer Conservation Working Party -is on 27th February!

Can you spare a few hours on a Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common.

Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. If it is a different venue from the last Tuesday group a map will be sent to you.

Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but a parent/guardian must supervise.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent.

Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

Ranger Rachel.
When
27 Feb 2018 at 10:00am
until 27 Feb 2017 at 1:00pm

Sunday Conservation Volunteer Working Party

Please come and join us for 3 hours on Sunday morning 11th February and assist in vital conservation work on the main common near Sandy Track car park.

The activity is to remove scrub, mainly small birch and pine saplings from areas of heathland. Loppers and bow saws will be provided; volunteers should wear sturdy footwear with good grip and a good pair of gardening gloves or similar. Do wear plenty of layers and bring some drinking water. We provide hot drinks and biscuits. The group leaders are Andrew Halstead tel 01483 489581 or Rachel Woodman email rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk . Contact them if the weather is particularly bad (rain, high winds or snow) before 09:30 on the day to check whether the event will take place.

We welcome Duke of Edinburgh award participants but any persons under the age of 16 years must be supervised by a parent. The minimum age limit is set at 14 years.

Sandy Track Car Parking Access.

Entrance to Sandy Track is on the right of Shores Road A245 near the junction with the A3046 Chobham Road and Kettlewell Hill. Proceed one hundred metres and turn right into the car park. Drive through the gate at the far end of carp ark and on to the main common track. The actual work area is a short walk from here.

Sandy Track Car Park

Shores Road

Horsell Common

PARK ON MAIN COMMON TRACK

Sat Nav GU21 4YB

The next 2 working parties are on the two following dates:

  • Sunday 11 February 2018 - Sandy Track
  • Sunday 11 March 2018 - Sandy Track
  • When
    11 Feb 2018 at 10:00am
    until 11 Feb 2018 at 1:00pm

    The next Tuesday Volunteer Conservation Working Party -is on 6th February!

    Can you spare a few hours on Tuesday? On 6th February, between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common.

    Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. It is a different venue from the last Tuesday group. A map will be sent to you.

    Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

    Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but aparent must supervise.

    Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent.

    Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear.

    I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

    Ranger Rachel.
    When
    06 Feb 2018 at 10:00am
    until 06 Feb 2017 at 1:00pm

    Volunteer Conservation Working Party - On Tuesday 23rd January

    Can you spare a few hours on Tuesday? On 23 January, between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common.

    Booking is required via email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; or call; 01483 766189. The meeting place will be confirmed to you on booking. This is important for any cancellations due to weather or other events. It is a different venue from the last Tuesday group. A map will be sent to you.

    Please bring own drinking water but a hot drink and biscuits are provided.

    Min Age is 16 years, DoE participants are welcome from 14 years but aparent must supervise.

    Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent.

    Please bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, gardening type gloves and sturdy footwear.

    I look forward to hearing from you and getting out on the Common for a fun and worthwhile morning.

    Ranger Rachel.
    When
    23 Jan 2018 at 10:00am
    until 23 Jan 2017 at 1:00pm