By Imogen Bole
Sundays, 12noon – 2pm
This week, I was joined by Gordon Jackson in the studio, who is Chairman of the Surrey Hills Society.
‘What is the Surrey Hills Society?’ I hear you ask. Well, Gordon tells us all about it. We discussed the SHS’s collaboration with Surrey Arts and the Wildlife Trust and some amazing collaborative events that have been held. We also mentioned some of the fantastic upcoming walks: 8th December Pre-Christmas visit and walk at Belmont School; 27th December Walk off your Christmas pudding; 28th November Symposium with the University of Surrey & Surrey Wildlife Trust.
In light of the upcoming Symposium, we discussed the various factors that pose a threat to our countryside and the possible ways of sustaining it in spite of such factors – one of which was a vineyard, so let’s hear what Gordon has to say!
We spoke about the innumerable ways in which people can get involved in volunteering for the SHS – whether it’s leading walks and event organising to putting leaflets in envelopes and assisting on social media.
Lastly, Gordon specified what members can expect from the society as members and also this year’s celebratory members-only events marking their 60th anniversary.
We really want to raise awareness about the SHS walks because they are a family-fun and friendly way to get outdoors and enjoy the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is right on our doorsteps. It is a unique chance to be guided by someone who knows the trails and to join other people in enjoying the breath-taking views. There are also pub visits, mince pies, and mulled wine included at the end of the walks, so if that doesn’t tempt you, I don’t know what will!