Old Lodge Farm sits next to Oaks Park along Woodmansterne Road, a 90-acre holding consisting of grassland, hedges and some small areas of secondary woodland. Downlands Partnership has managed the land, on behalf of Surrey County Council, since 2008, as holdback land when the animals are not out grazing the chalk grasslands of the North Downs and a safe place to lamb the sheep
When walking round the Park you might notice a couple of areas where the grass has been scraped back. This is part of an initiative led by the Council as part of its response to the Climate Emergency. The areas were created by the Senior Biodiversity Officer.
Creating a scrape
The aim is to encourage the growth of Kidney Vetch plants on the exposed chalk. This plant is essential in the lifecycle of the Small Blue butterfly and we hope that this work will attract more of these butterflies to the Oaks.