High Weald

meg lucas sheep 413pxThe Restocking the Weald project enables the establishment of viable new livestock enterprises on under-utilised pasture across multiple land holdings.  Ultimately it aims to improve the productivity and management of the High Weald, a nationally important landscape.

The project:
• assists new farm entrants/livestock enterprises find pasture
• encourages non-farming landowners to become more proactive in managing their land and
• provides practical support with aggregating land, improving infrastructure, tenure arrangements and skills mentoring and training.

If you are a landowner with under-utilised pasture in the High Weald AONB, or are a grazier looking for additional land, please contact our Restocking Co-ordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01825 872241 or 07950 427754

If you are a policy or decision maker and would like to know more about the need for the project and its evidence base please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01424 723008

Restocking background

Restocking background

Livestock enterprises account for 65% of all farms in the High Weald but between 2000 and 2013 livestock numbers fell by 27%. The decline is a serious concern for the landscape, food production, the rural economy, and job opportunities for farmers of the future. Analysis by experts has identified ways in which enterprising livestock farmers can run viable businesses. Read more

Information for non-farming landowners

Information for non-farming landowners

 Are you a landowner with land available to be grazed? Find out how this project may be able to help you. Read more

Information for graziers

Information for graziers

Are you a start up farmer in need of some grazing local to your area? Find out how this project may be able to help you.  Read more

Rotherfield Meadows

Rotherfield Meadows

  The Rotherfield Meadows Project demonstrates how farmers and landowners working together can improve manage species-rich grasslands in the vicinity of the village. With grant-aid from Sussex Lund, four landowners, including 2 Charitable Trusts, have improved their holding infrastructure enabling a local farmer to graze neighbouring fields.  Read more