Wellbeing from nature – are you putting theory into practice?
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Wild Earlswood is a group of local volunteers. We are interested in the wildlife of our local green spaces - specifically focusing on south of Reigate and Redhill, Surrey, including Earlswood Common, Redhill Common and Felland Copse.
Wild Earlswood launched in early 2021. We have been motivated by the pandemic and climate crisis to create this local action group for the benefit of the natural environment, while also increasing our engagement with and enjoyment of our green spaces.
We have come a long way in 2021 already.
We have set up an organizers group, meeting monthly, with the aim of running events for anyone from the broader community to volunteer on an ad hoc basis.
We have run litter picks and nature walks. These are great ways to get to know your local natural spaces.
We have started working with the council and the commons steering group to establish areas of potential improvements on the commons, to improve biodiversity. The council is creating a long term management plan but we believe they can benefit from support in terms of prioritizing wildlife. With reductions in ranger staff they also benefit from a volunteer workforce.
Our first conservation activity was removing the plastic pipes which had been laid instead of open ditches for the previous golf fairways. The ditches can now act as 'nature corridors' for small creatures requiring shelter and we are working o develop further ideas such as this. We have also joined RACV working on Chain Pond and Redhill Common. We are in discussion with the council and steering committee about improving diversity in other areas such as ponds and hedgerows.
We are open to all and hope you will join us.
If you are interested to get involved in this project as an organizer, please email us at email@example.com.
Sign up to our Wild Earlswood email list here.