With an increasing amount of land coming out of commercial farming, and many new landowners lacking the expertise to manage their holdings, the Trust plans to fund the development of information resources to assist landowners better understand the geological and human history that has made the beautiful landscape of the High Weald, and how best to manage their land to conserve and enhance the landscape and the biodiversity that it supports for future generations to enjoy.
We anticipate providing easily accessible advice on best practice management of meadows and pasture, woodland, hedges, ponds, sandstone rock outcrops, historic track ways and many other Wealden features, in a manner best suited to the local landscape. We also hope to support development, in conjunction with the High Weald AONB Unit, Weald Meadows Initiative and others, of an accredited contractor network, which will help landowners find the external support they need from local contractors who understand and undertake environmentally sensitive land management.
Staff at the High Weald AONB Unit are drawing together existing resources, and it is intended that information will be made available through video and the internet. We will publicise these new source of information as they become available during 2007/08. Unit and WMI staff will also be working with contractors to give support and training.
Once we have a clear picture of the finances required to take this project forward, we will be seeking funding from public bodies and private donation.