Leith Hill

Voice for Leith Hill & Leith Hill Protection Camp

We think the NCS brought some good fortune to our campaign. Thanks again.

Vicki Elcoate, Voice for Leith Hill member

A Voice for Leith Hill and the Leith Hill Protection Camp is made up of Dorking residents and their supporters, who peacefully protest the attempts to drill Leith Hill and the surrounding areas. They began their work in 2003 when the application to begin exploratory drilling was first submitted. Leith Hill is renowned for its outstanding natural beauty, ancient woodlands, 400-year-old sunken lanes, in addition to housing the source of the local water supply, which all stood to be impacted with the drilling.

What was the impact on the charity/community?

In September 2018, the application to conduct exploratory drilling in Leith Hill was withdrawn. The partner mentioned that the interaction with the NCS group was positive for their own team morale, with an inclusion of a new, young and vibrant group. As they are a group with mostly adults, they were also able to get insight on how to attract a younger demographic to their cause. This also meant that after the NCS programme, a couple of young people and TCN seasonal staff went on to volunteer for their campaign and events.

‘’I hope you’ve heard the wonderful news that Europa has pulled out of the site at Leith Hill. The Forestry Commission didn’t renew the lease. We think the NCS brought some good fortune to our campaign. Thanks again. We got plenty of news coverage which I hope you saw.’’

Vicki Elcoate, Voice for Leith Hill member

What happened during the project?

As part of their social action project the young people created and distributed literature in the Epsom high street to raise awareness on the Voice for Leith Hill message. They also set up social media pages for their partner on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, these pages were handed over to the partner during RCA and are now being updated by them.

Through their fundraising activities, the young people raised enough money for their partner to get a seismometer, which is an instrument to monitor ground motions. This was useful for the partner as they had observed minor tremors in the areas close to the site following the initial drilling activities there. The seismometer was useful for their monitoring and research efforts.

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