Mole Valley's communities and businesses have been invited to attend the area's inaugural Rural Summit.

The event will take place on Tuesday, February 26, at Hartsfield Manor in Betchworth from 10am to 2pm, and will be hosted by BBC Journalist Nicholas Owen.

Organisers hope it will be a chance for businesses and Mole Valley's community organisations to debate current challenges and opportunities of living and working in the rural area.

A range of topics will be explored including digital connectivity, the visitor economy, community assets, community safety, rural-based business and rural housing.

The summit was launched by Mole Valley council.

Councillor Corinna Osborne-Patterson, Cabinet Member for People and Rural Mole Valley, said that she hoped the feedback received during the discussions and debates due to take place at the summit will help the council make better-informed decisions in future.

Cllr Osborne-Patterson said: "This event is an important part of our Rural Community Strategy, aimed at supporting thriving, inclusive and sustainable rural areas. I'm excited to see what issues we can explore together, as the feedback we receive from the summit will inform our ideas going forward."

In addition to the main panel there will be a variety of 'stands' where delegates can find out more about topics which interest them. These will include several local experts which will provide all delegates with a great opportunity to network.

Refreshments and a buffet lunch will also be available for attendees. To attend the event, businesses are asked to reserve their place at