The WSNTCV group is run by a committee on behalf of the members. We do outdoors conservation work for the rangers at nearby National Trust outdoor places, extending from Headley Heath in the east of Surrey to Frensham ponds in the west, with the odd foray further afield. Specific outdoor places include Witley Common, Box Hill, River Wey Navigations, Claremont Landscape Garden and Winkworth Arboretum. Many are in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and/or designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest.

Examples of tasks we undertake include downland, heathland and woodland conservation, footpath maintenance, pond clearing and fencing. Work parties take place on Sundays, roughly once a month . The group also has an active social programme including pub nights, walks, bowling, visits to properties and exhibitions and more.


Our group was originally formed in March 1981 under the name 'Guildford Young National Trust'. Later, in the 1990's, the name was changed by the National Trust to our previous name, 'Guildford National Trust Volunteers', better to reflect our role (ignoring the implication about the description ‘young’!) More recently we felt that our name did not fully indicate what we do or where we volunteer. After some discussions by the group’s committee and members, and with the sanction of the National Trust, our name was changed on 1st January 2016 to: 'West Surrey National Trust Conservation Volunteers'.



The Azalea Steps at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey in June 2013