Pewley Down Volunteers

Duke of Edinburgh Conservation Volunteer




We are looking for Duke of Edinburgh candidates, at Bronze, Silver or Gold level to complete the volunteer section of your award with us.

Pewley Down is a Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Guildford Borough Council, with assistance from Pewley Down Volunteers. DoE will learn about the rare species of plants and butterflies here, and how your work will protect their habitat. Work will vary according to the season and weather, you will learn how to use hand tools: scythes, forks, loppers and bow saws. Safe use of tools and consideration for other volunteers is the first rule. In winter we cut back the scrub and in summer we monitor some of the rare species such as pyramidal orchid and chalkhill blue butterfly.

According to your level you will need to complete either 3, 6 or 12 sessions of 4 hours, as well as designing a poster for our notice boards, or see Guildford Borough Council web site for other environmental work. Keep your own record of hours worked.  When you complete you will receive an individual conservation certificate showing what work you have done. As you know, you can scan in photos etc. as part of your evidence for DoE awards.

Please wear outdoor clothes, work boots and gloves, and bring your own water and lunch. There is no shelter and we work whatever the weather. 

If you would like to join us please click on the FILL IN AN APPLICATION button to contact us for further details. You must complete an agreement form and receive consent before you start.

DoE have been a great help to our volunteer group and we look forward to meeting more of you.

Please note due to COVID-19:  You can only attend if:

You are well and nobody in your household has coronavirus symptoms.

You, or any member of your household are not classified as Clinically Extremely Vulnerable.

You bring your own labelled goggles and thornproof gloves

You bring your own hand sanitizer

You bring your own food and drink

You accept the need to self isolate for 14 days if requested to by NHS Test and Trace

Check emails before leaving for the work party

Can arrive in time for the 10am briefing

Everyone must maintain a social distance of two metres.


Mission Statement

Pewley Down is your Local Nature Reserve, owned and managed by Guildford Borough Council.  Pewley Down is chalk grassland, renowned for its unusual flowers, and the butterflies which depend on these.

The volunteers work under the guidance of the countryside team.

We meet on the first Saturday of every month throughout the year, at 10:00, by the Pewley Hill entrance. Work parties go on till 1400. Drinks & biscuits provided. Volunteers should wear strong boots as the ground is uneven, with lots of rabbit holes. Participation by Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Candidates is encouraged. The main work is to keep the scrub under control, using saws, rakes and loppers. We also monitor plants and insects on site.