- Surrey Hills Society F7 -
The Surrey Hills Society is an independent charity promoting the positive enjoyment and care of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty for those who live, work in, or visit the area. The Society encourages people to explore and learn about the special qualities and distinctiveness of the area.
At its heart, the Society has a strong membership organisation which provides a vehicle for increasing the knowledge and enjoyment of the area by our members.
The Trustees and Management Team for the Society are all unpaid volunteers. Due to this high level of volunteering, all the monies received by the Society, whether from internal activities, external grants or donations can (apart from internal running costs) be used to support the outreach and wider goals of the organisation as described in the Aims section.
The charity was created 11 years ago as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations for the designation of the Surrey Hills as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This gives it similar planning protection to a National Park. By becoming a member of the Surrey Hills Society you get the opportunity to explore lots of hidden gems in your area, while also supporting the valuable work the charity does supporting projects across the area. This includes improving access to the countryside, art engagement projects and bringing young people out to explore the countryside- often for the first time in their lives!
Over a quarter of the county is in the Surrey Hills AONB but it is amazing how many residents still aren’t aware of the amazing countryside and heritage right on their doorstep. The Society runs a series of walks, talks and visits throughout the year, each month for members to enjoy and learn more about where they live.
There are also a range of interesting volunteer opportunities with the charity, which means you can commit to potentially just one day a year helping to promote the Surrey Hills at one of the many summer shows and fairs we attend each year. You could try your hand a practical conservation work, although if you find you would like to do this on a regular basis we can introduce you to one of our partner organisations such as the National Trust or Surrey Wildlife Trust. There are also roles that require more commitment like being a Trustee of the charity or working on our Events team. However all roles are very social and enjoyable.
For more information see www.surreyhillssociety.org