High Weald

Sussex Lund is a grants programme of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. It supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

pruning traditional orchardWhat area does the programme cover?

The programme is focused on the High Weald AONB (which covers parts of West Sussex, East Sussex, Kent and Surrey) but applications from nearby areas will be considered. It supports projects in the wider countryside as well as those in hamlets, villages and towns, such as churchyards, school grounds, recreation areas and roadside verges. View map of the High Weald AONB

Who do we support?

Sussex Lund is open to everyone: community groups, schools, churches, parish councils, charities, businesses, farmers and landowners. If you are a private landowner or a for-profit organisation you will need to demonstrate that the landscape and public benefit is greater than any private gain.

Sussex Lund will consider applications from past applicants for new projects, but not for the continuation and maintenance of previously funded projects. 

What projects do we support?

Sussex Lund will consider supporting any project that makes tangible improvements to the High Weald’s landscape. For example projects that:

Improve its habitats, such as creating ponds and wetland, removing non-native species (for example rhododendron and leylandii), planting new hedges and restoring old ones, planting trees, coppicing woodland, planting orchards, developing more species-rich grassland, putting up bird, bug and bat boxes or creating more wildlife-friendly allotments and greenspace.

Improve its scenic beauty, such as planting street trees, reducing sign and light pollution, removing or screening eyesores, replacing ‘hard’, man-made boundaries with soft, natural boundaries, clearing litter.

Improve access, such as installing boardwalks to prevent damage to wetland habitat, creating new access points to green spaces, creating permisive paths to link existing routes and removing physical barriers that prevent people accessing the countryside. 

Sussex Lund will not contribute towards the costs of educational or outreach activities, though they may form part of your project. It will consider training costs as part of a project that achieves tangible change. 

grassland unimproved enhanced

This year Sussex Lund is working in partnership with national charity, Plantlife, to offer free advice and support to applicants seeking funds for wildflower meadow restoration and creation projects. Plantlife can produce a management plan and help with project implementation if your grant application is successful. For further information contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01424 723014. 

How much can I apply for?

One-off grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Ideally you will spend the grant within a year of accepting your grant offer but projects that take longer will be considered.

Sussex Lund may award larger grants for collaborative projects involving two or more organizations (eg, community groups, charities, parish councils). The Panel may also consider larger grants to single organizations working with multiple landowners on projects that cross landowner boundaries and enable people to share skills and equipment.

Do I need match funding?

There is no requirement for match funding, however, the Grants Panel decision will take into account your own or others’ commitment to the project in the form of cash, in-kind support or time.

When can I apply?

The Panel considers applications once a year. The closing date for 2020 applications is 2pm on Monday 2 March 2020. The Sussex Lund Grants Panel will consider applications in June and we will tell you the Panel’s decision in July 2020.

How do I apply?

If you are considering applying it is essential that you contact us for informal advice about the suitability of your project and tips on how to submit a strong applicationIt is important to us that the applications we receive have a good chance of successWe may recommend a free site visit to help you with your project development and planning. 

You can download the application form and guidance here.

pdf Sussex Lund Criteria and Guidance 2020 (120 KB)

document Sussex Lund Application Form 2020 (1.17 MB)

pdf Sussex Lund Application Form 2020 Example of completed table (53 KB)

Registering an interest and further help

Sussex Lund is administered by the High Weald AONB Partnership in collaboration with Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. For an informal discussion about your project please contact one of the Partnership’s land management advisers, Ross Wingfield 01424 725604 or Christine Meadows on 01424 723009 or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We are holding two drop-in advisory clinics for potential 2020 applicants - at the AONB Partnership offices at Flimwell on Wednesday 13 November 2-6pm and at the Ashdown Forest Centre (TBC) on Wednesday 15 January 2-6pm. Please contact Sam on 01424 723011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book an advisory session.

Thinking of applying in 2020 and looking for inspiration?

Watch our videos to hear about the work of successful grant applicants 

Or use the interactive map below to view details of projects funded by Sussex Lund in 2017 and 2018; each pin provides a pop-up with more information about the project.

Or you can view the annual grant summaries:  pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2019 (47 KB) pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2018 (254 KB) pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2017 (241 KB)

You can also read the Sussex Lund Newsletter 2019 and Sussex Lund Newsletter 2018.