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Countryside & Charity coming together to create Inspiring View


One of the most spectacular views in South East England has been opened up with funding from the DSC01389Surrey Hills Trust Fund and the North Downs Way National Trail Partnership.

Taking place at Newlands Corner on the Albury Downs, a key viewpoint in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, was restored this October. Uncontrolled growth of scrub will be removed to open up this spectacular spot with far reaching views across to the Tillingbourne Valley.

The work was undertaken by Connection Crew, a leading event and logistics supplier that is expanding its services to meet the growing demand for labour within the woodland and forestry sector. Connection Crew are one of the UK’s most successful Social Enterprises with 25% of their staff being ex-homeless and profits going to Charity for the homeless.

David Wright, Chairman of the Surrey Hills Board comments;

“This key viewpoint off the North Downs Way National Trail is the introduction to the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that most drivers associate with the Surrey Hills. We hope to encourage drivers to slow down along the A25 and allow their passengers to appreciate our beautiful protected landscape”.

Charlie Dorman, Director of Connection Crew comments;

We are proud to be a Social Businesses. Our profit goes to charity and 25% of our crew are ‘work ready’ ex-homeless people. The whole team is highly motivated with an exceptional level of dedication and professionalism that sets us apart in everything we do. It is great to get this opportunity to contribute to conserving and enhancing the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty”.

Sean Harrison, Surrey Hills Woodland Adviser comments;

“This project brings together social and environmental organisations to enhance the public’s enjoyment of the Surrey Hills. As part of the clearance work the aim is to enhance the biodiversity on the Downs and use the wood sustainably locally for logs and kindling. I hope this is the beginning of many projects across the Surrey Hills with Connection Crew. ”.

This project has been made possible with funding from the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. The Fund has been established to help protect the Surrey Hills for future generations. Money donated to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund will help to support projects, programmes and activities that benefit the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Fund has been established in partnership with The Community Foundation for Surrey who promote local giving for local need, encouraging those who live in and enjoy the Surrey Hills to help preserve their local landscape. For further information on the Surrey Hills Trust Fund visit www.cfsurrey.org.uk/surreyhills