A comprehensive management plan for Westfield Common has been adopted by Woking Borough Council to improve the ecological and social benefits of the Common.
The management plan, which has been produced by Surrey Wildlife Trust in partnership with the Council and local residents, involved a series of ecological surveys to help identify the environmental management priorities for the Common over the next five years.
This will include the removal of non-native invasive species, pond management, coppicing, creation of wildflower meadows, improvements to access, new signage, as well as tackling issues such as incidents of fly-tipping and encroachment onto the Common.
Surrey Wildlife Trust will manage the implementation of the management plan on behalf of the Council. This will involve creating a Friends of Westfield Common group and holding practical volunteer days with residents, as well as managing specialist contractors where required.
Links to the full management plan and a user friendly summary can be found below:
In July 2017 a review of the Westfield Common Management Plan was created. This provides more up to date information and detail on new projects, such as the Great Crested Newt habitat improvement project. It can be found below:
For more information or if you are interested in joining the Friends of Westfield Common, please contact:
Paul Ritchie - Community Engagement Coordinator, Surrey Wildlife Trust
Phone: 01483 795478