During 2009/10 the Sustainable Development Fund supported 15 Projects and over £31,000 of grant money was provided through this scheme. 14 new partnerships were established; 104 volunteers were involved with the projects; 14 local businesses were used and over 1000 children learnt about the High Weald landscape.
During 2009/10 the Sustainable Development Fund supported 15 Projects and over £31,000 of grant money was provided through this scheme. 14 new partnerships were established; 104 volunteers were involved with the projects; 14 local businesses were used and over 1000 children learnt about the High Weald landscape and its heritage.
Light up our school: Blackthorn's Community Primary School
Project description: installation of two panel solar thermal systems and photovoltaic arrays.
Stone Ness Walled Garden: Jean Burgess
Project description: Restoration of a historic wall, which surrounds an organic vegetable garden. This is an educational centre to be used by students with learning difficulties.
Coppicing and Ride Management at Tudeley Woods: Butterfly Conservation
Project description: Over 2km of ride were cleared through Tudeley Wood to improve biodiversity in the wood. This was supported by local volunteers who helped with the manual clearance of much of the area.
High Weald Energy Story : High Weald AONB Unit
Project description: Over 200 children learnt about sustainable energy resources linked to their local landscape on activity based day and an on-line energy resource pack has been developed which can be accessed by all schools in High Weald.
Combwell Woods Community Group: Kent High Weald Partnership
Project description: A series of community training events were held for the landowners of Combwell Woods (SSSI) to gain a greater understanding of their local woodland and to deliver basic land management skills.
Oakley Pond Project: Oakley Secondary School
Project description: Installation of a naturalised pond at Oakley School which has been developed into a 'living classroom', built through the guidance of Kent High Weald Partnership and volunteers from The Skinners School, Tonbridge Girls Grammar and Oakley School.
High Weald Rocks Exhibition: Tunbridge Wells Museum
Project description: History of local landform was exhibited with sculptures and local artists, highlighting the importance of Sandrock in the local area.
One Drop Organic Garden: St Gregory’s School
Project description: An organic garden was constructed at St Gregory’s School using recycled materials with a theme of rain-water harvesting around the world.
High Weald Historical Educational workshops: Weald Forest Ridge Partnership Scheme
Project description: A series of drama workshops focussed on the history of the High Weald. Themes included droving and pannage; Romans in the High Weald; Tudor times in the High Weald. 16 workshops reached over 3000 primary school children in the High Weald.
Orchard Pruning Event: Standens Fruit Farmers Development Association
Project description: A small group of landowners have started to manage a traditional orchard. Pruning equipment was purchased and a community day has helped to develop a wider volunteers network.
Seven Wonders of the Weald Website: Seven Wonders of the Weald
Project description: Extension of current website to encourage sustainable tourism in the High Weald by adding additional partners such as local hotels and bed & breakfasts.
Sussex Wildlife Conservation Hit Squad: Sussex Wildlife Trust
Project description: Eight volunteers have been provided specialist equipment to carry out work on the reserves.
Protecting our Campsite: Sussex East Guides/Picketts Wood Campsite
Project description: The Girl Guides planted a boundary hedge and a protective fence was installed using locally coppiced wood.