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Sussex Lund Fund!

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

Sussex Lund, the grant programme of High Weald residents Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has opened for applications. Sussex Lund supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Since it launched in 2016, Sussex Lund has awarded £540,000 to 100 projects.

Please visit High Weald.org who administer the grant for support and downloads.

New High Weald Grassland Management Questionnaire

Please do fill in the High Weald Grassland Management Questionnaire! Visit http://www.highweald.org/grassland-questionnaire Background:  The High Weald is a known refuge for species-rich grassland and the area is well placed to benefit from future government investment in it as a ‘public good’. However, we are aware that land managers need more support to manage and restore these grasslands.Continue Reading

Creating & Managing Wildflower Grassland – 4th July 2018

This half day training course introduces the basic principles and practical techniques involved in creating and enhancing small wildflower meadow areas. The course content will cover species selection, seed collecting, producing plant plugs, site preparation, control of weed species, and on-going management requirements. This course is ideal for landowners who are planning to create aContinue Reading

Grasses – lovely grasses!

A quick post to say there is a lovely new recording sheet out there for novice hunters   A grass is not just a grass and what you have is sometimes key to what you may have in the future! Take a look : Start to Identify Grasses @ £3.50            Continue Reading

National Meadows Day – 1st July Events

Well we approach that special day where meadows are celebrated – What will you be doing on Saturday the 1st July? In Sussex you could go on; a guided walk in Pycombe or BioBittz in the East of Sussex. Or BioBlitz at Pulborough Brooks; feel the Buzz; or hunt for Minibeasts in West Sussex. In Kent you couldContinue Reading

WMP supplies seed to nominated short haired BB project

The short haired Bumble Bee Project is being nominated for Countryfile Project of the year – thanks in part to seed supplied by the Weald Meadows Partnership! Countryfiles BBC wildlife Magazine editor Sheena is asking for  one of five options for wildlife success of the year stories here Number 5 is the SHORT-HAIRED BUMBLEBEE The lossContinue Reading

Battle Wildflowers

Keith Datchler OBE, HIgh Weald Landscape Trust and local resident is now involved with Battle Town Council and Highways to help support a new venture to promote and request new sites for small wildflower verges and areas. This could then be rolled out to a wider area.  See the full article here. Weald Meadows Partnership were involved withContinue Reading

20 years in the making

Weald Meadows Partnership is in its 20th year! The partnership commenced its pilot seed harvesting programme, way back in summer of 1996. Since this time Agrifactors have returned around £60,000 to ancient Wealden landowners and managers, who have made their meadows available for wild seed harvesting. A big thank you to all our owners and managers whoContinue Reading

Has Your Mower Broken….thanks to WNOS!

Hello All In response to an excellent wildflower creation blog written by Steve Alton, Conservation Officer at Ashdown Forest, I thought a quick news item was in order. The blog and U tube clip of a busy Steve in Outcast Broadcast illustrates the preparation required to achieve the correct recipient conditions necessary for successful wildflower grassland creation.Continue Reading

News Grants to Improve the High Weald

A new grants programme, Sussex Lund, is being launched by Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, as a collaboration between their charitable fund, Lund, and Sussex Community Foundation. It will support small-scale, practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald. Charities, community groups, schools, churches, councils, farmers, landowners and indeed anyone withContinue Reading