Funding for High Weald

Funding for High Weald

Grants of up to £10,000 available to conserve and improve High Weald landscape

 

Sussex Lund, the grant programme established by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, will open for new applications on 19 February 2018.

Sussex Lund supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Over £400,000 has been allocated since the Fund launched in 2016.

The High Weald AONB Partnership, which is administering the fund in collaboration with Lund Trust, is inviting charities, community groups, schools, churches, councils, farmers and landowners to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000.

Jason Lavender, co-Director of the High Weald AONB Partnership, said: “We encourage anyone who thinks they have a project that will benefit the High Weald’s nationally-important landscape to apply to Sussex Lund. You could be a group wanting to plant a new community orchard or a landowner creating a new wetland habitat.

“In times of increasingly limited resources, this funding provides a rare opportunity to turn good ideas into practical projects to improve our environment and inspire others.”

Successful projects in 2017 included:

  • Removal of invasive species, such as rhododendron, from small community woodlands
  • Creation of a new hedge and wildflower meadow garden in Ashburnham
  • Several hedge-laying and restoration projects (to create wildlife corridors)
  • Restoration of a natural floodplain at Sheffield Park Estate
  • Equipment purchase and training for volunteer groups managing woods and heaths.

 

Applications are welcome from any organisation or individual for projects which demonstrate tangible improvement to the landscape and have a public benefit. The project should take place within the High Weald AONB boundary.

Deadline for applications is Sunday 15 April 2018.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal at an early stage with the High Weald team on 01424 723014 or email sussexlund@highweald.org.

For more information and application criteria, please visit our dedicated web page: https://www.highweald.org/look-after/sussex-lund.html.

For ideas and inspiration, view the list of successful projects supported in 2017: http://www.highweald.org/downloads/publications/2061-sussex-lund-grants-2017/file.html