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.

We are now accepting applications for Sussex Lund 2021 with a deadline of 2pm on Monday 8 March; if you think you may have a potential project, please read all the information below and get in touch.  If you have already had an advisory site visit from a High Weald team member and are ready to submit your application, you can download the form and guidance documents at the bottom of this page.

Sussexlund hedgelaying HoHWhat 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.

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. 

What 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. 

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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.

Sussex Lund is a collaboration between the High Weald AONB Partnership and Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin.

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 organisations (eg, community groups, charities, parish councils). The Panel may also consider larger grants to single organisations 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?

We are now accepting applications for Sussex Lund 2021 - the deadline is 2pm on Monday 8 March, 2021. The Sussex Lund Grants Panel meets to consider applications in June and we will tell you the Panel’s decision in July. 

How do I apply?

If you are considering applying for 2021 it is essential that you contact us for informal advice about the suitability of your project and how to submit a strong application that meets the Sussex Lund criteria. Please call Christine Meadows on 01424 723009 (you may need to leave a message as we are currently working remotely) or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Someone will be in touch to discuss your project as soon as possible.

Download application forms and guidance below
pdf Sussex Lund 2021 Application Form (1.03 MB)
pdf Sussex Lund Criteria and Guidance 2021
(278 KB)
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Sussex Lund Application Form 2020 Example of completed table (53 KB)

Looking for project 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 from 2017-2020; 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 (149 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.

Lund Trust 2020