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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Family Fun Dog Event at Heather Farm! reminder!

Are you free on Saturday 11th May? Come along for an hour or two between 8am and 3pm to try out the quiz trail with or without your dog!

Lots to do and see, dog agility course, meet other dog lovers and rangers at Horsell Common and learn about local Wildlife and Dog behaviour!

No booking required!

CANCELLED! 3rd March. Due to bad weather! Hope to see you Tuesday 5th!

Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We will be working on the Common to remove pine and birch saplings that are taking over the important areas of heather where rare ground birds may occupy in the Summer months.

For more information or to check for cancellations if the weather is heavey rain, snow or strong winds; email; Rachel@horsellcommon.org.uk; or call; 01483 766189. or 07701 366520.

The meeting place will be; 'Anthony's' gateway entrance parking along the track on the Common.

Address (near) : Anthony's, Woking Postcode (nearest) :GU21 4YQ. Meeting point & Parking is through the green gate onto the Common at;

Grid Reference; TQ 01509 61077

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.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent.

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

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

Ranger Rachel.
When
03 Mar 2019 at 10:00am
until 03 Mar 2019 at 1:00pm

Conservation Volunteer Working Party on Tuesday 30th April

Please come and join us on a Tuesday at Heather Farm and assist in vital conservation work.

The activity this time is in the fenced Wetland area at Heather Farm. We will continue to construct Bug / amphibian and reptile Hotels for LinkAble and school groups to add to this year...volunteers should wear sturdy footwear with good grip and a good pair of gardening gloves or similar. The first part of the morning we will mulch the new orchard trees by the boiler barn!

Please ensure you have a sunhat and water proof depending on the forecast!

No Dogs for this one off volunteer morning please, or they can be tied up nearby for when we are in the Wetland area.

Parking is in the Main Park at Heather Farm , not Prime Acrobatics.

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.
When
30 Apr 2019 at 10:00am
until 30 Apr 2019 at 1:00pm

Thank you for all your hard work! Merry Christmas and 2019 dates!

Can you spare a few hours on a Sunday or Tuesday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We will be removing scrub off the heathland before the birds begin nesting in March!

Booking for Tuesdays 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.

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, insect repellent and always wear sturdy footwear.

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

The first Sunday in 2019 will be on January 13th.

The first Tuesday in 2019 will be on January 15th.

Happy New Year! Ranger Rachel.
When
13 Jan 2019 at 10:00am
until 13 Jan 2019 at 1:00pm

Keeping in Touch – Data Protection - yes, us as well!

No doubt your email inbox and post have been busy with organisations asking you to confirm that they can keep in touch with you. This activity is prompted by changes to legislation that come into effect at the end of May with the introduction of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This enhanced legislation affects the way that Horsell Common Preservation Society keeps in touch.

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Thank you.

SWIFT bird box building workshop! Tuesday 12th March.

Dear Volunteers.

Would you like to help us build some Swift boxes to help the Swifts in Woking project?

It starts at 10am and finishes by 1pm.

There will be a short presentation to learn more about the importance of helping Swifts in our area and a chance to ask experts about Swifts facinating behaviour and incredible journey across the planet!

The box that you build will be installed at nominated local households that has been approved by the project experts. Or you can join the waiting list if you would like a box your selves.

Spaces are limited so please make sure you are free on the date if you book in.

The workshop will be heald at Heather Farms 'Heathland House' venue.

Directions are given on booking.

Parking options are also explained on booking and tea and biscuits are provided, as are toilet facilities. There is disabled access to the building.

There will also be an opportunity to ask the Thames Basin Heaths Team about their role and any questions about the management of Horsell Commons Heathland areas.

Ranger Rachel.

Tuesday 23th July for the 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.



You may like to bring insect repellent and extra drinking water and sunscreen.

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 personal drinking water.

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

Ranger Rachel.
When
23 Jul 2019 at 10:00am
until 23 Jul 2019 at 1:00pm

TUESDAY 26th February! 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. The task is reducing the spreading pine and birch tree saplings across the Heather areas. These areas are important to keep open for rare birdlife that lay their eggs on the ground between the heather plants and to keep open areas of bare earth for basking reptiles and invertebrates, some specific to heathland.

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.

Future Dates for your interest ( from the website)

    • Tuesday 26th Feb
    • Tuesday March 5th
    • Sunday March 3rd
    • Tuesday March 12th is SWIFT BOX building - book in soon!
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
26 Feb 2019 at 10:00am
until 26 Feb 2019 at 1:00pm

Sunday 11th Volunteer Conservation Working Party

Can you spare a few hours on Sunday? Between 10am and 1pm we will be carrying out important conservation work on Horsell Common. We will be clearing scrub off the heather areas near Anthony's.

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.

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

Ranger Rachel.
When
11 Nov 2018 at 10:00am
until 11 Nov 2018 at 1:00pm

The next Tuesday Volunteer Conservation Working Party -is on 30th October!

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 working on the Common to remove pine and birch saplings that are taking over the important heather areas.

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 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.

Dates are subject to change and are weather dependent.

Please bring plenty of warm clothing, repellent 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
30 Oct 2018 at 10:00am
until 30 Oct 2018 at 1:00pm