High Weald

The aim of Sussex Lund

Sussex Lund is a grants programme launched by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin in 2016. It supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Sussex Lund will support projects that make tangible improvements to the High Weald, and can inspire wider change. Examples might include: improvements to habitats such as woods, marshes, meadows and hedgerows; planting trees and orchards; removing non-native tree species; community gardening; greening in and around villages; reducing sign and light pollution; clearing litter; and improving rights of way.

grassland unimproved enhancedWho can apply?

Sussex Lund is open to anyone who has a project that will benefit the landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This includes charities, community groups, schools, churches, councils, farmers and landowners. If you are a private landowner or for-profit organisation you will need to demonstrate that the landscape and public benefit is greater than any private gain. 

View map of the High Weald AONB

What is eligible for support?

The project should take place within the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty though projects for nearby areas of ecological importance may be considered (please contact the AONB Partnership prior to making an application if your proposed work is outside the AONB). Applications are welcome for projects in the wider countryside as well as within and around villages and hamlets, in areas such as churchyards, school grounds, or recreation areas and on roadside verges.

Please note

  • Sussex Lund encourages environmental best practice. It will not support the use of peat or pesticides, fungicides and herbicides (unless essential) and will prioritise projects that use British/local timber and native species from reputable sources.
  • It encourages applications for collaborative projects, for example deer management.
  • It encourages minimal use of fencing. If your project requires fencing please contact us for advice.
  • Sussex Lund will not support education or outreach activities, or grants solely for core costs. It will not consider repeat applications for the same project or contribute to the maintenance of a funded project. However past successful applicants may apply for different projects.

How much can I apply for?

One-off grants of between £500 and £10,000 are available. Larger grants may be awarded in exceptional circumstances - for example, groups of two or more applicants working in collaboration*. This could be an application to fund shared equipment or machinery, or projects that cross landowner boundaries. Ideally you will spend the grant within a year of accepting your grant offer but projects that take longer will be considered.

*If you are considering applying for a collaborative project, please contact the High Weald team as soon as possible to discuss your application.

Is match funding required?

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

How do I apply?

Sussex Lund 2018 is now accepting new applications (as of 19 February 2018). If you are interested in applying for a grant, please contact us as soon as possible for an informal discussion about your project. 

How will my project be assessed?

Your application will be scored and presented to the Sussex Lund Grants Panel in June. We will advise you of the Panel’s decision by early-July. The Panel will be looking for projects with strong evidence of need, benefit, and long term impact. Priority will be given to projects that are:

• located in the parishes of Mayfield and Fives Ashes, Wadhurst and Ticehurst
• inspire wider change.

Sussex Lund is being administered by the High Weald AONB Partnership in collaboration with Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing.

Further help

If you have any queries or wish to discuss your proposal then please contact the Partnership’s team on 01424 723011 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..





document Sussex Lund Application Form 2018 (1.12 MB)

pdf Sussex Lund Criteria and Guidance 2018 (81 KB)

pdf Sussex Lund Application Form 2018 Example of completed table (45 KB)

View  pdf Sussex Lund projects 2017 (241 KB) to be inspired!