High Weald

Upper Rother and Dudwell Farmers' Group

farmers training Rother DudwellA landowner’s group for the Upper Rother and Dudwell water catchment area has been set up to explore how landowners working together can improve the area's landscape. The Group currently has 23 members and includes a range of landowners, from larger commercial mixed farmers to small meadow owners.

The High Weald AONB Partnership is providing support to the Group through:   

  • Running workshops with industry experts focusing on topical subjects of interest to group members.
  • Running group meetings to share best practice within the group e.g. managing diffuse pollution, soil management, hedgerow management, meadow management.
  • Providing advice to the group on applying for Countryside Stewardship mid, higher tier and capital grants schemes (all members of groups supported by the Facilitation Fund automatically qualify for a 20% uplift in their scores so substantially increasing chances of a successful application)
  • Directing group members to other non-government grants e.g. Sussex Lund and the new water company-led grant programmes and assisting with applications.
  • Liaison with other advisors and specialists to enable the group’s activities.
  • Assistance with tackling issues that require co-operation across land holdings e.g. deer management.

A Launch Meeting was held on 1 November 2016 and a Healthy Soils Workshop on 29 November 2016.  A variety of workshops and group meetings that appeal to the wide range of interests within the group are planned for 2017. 

For further information contact:  Matt Pitts 01424 723007This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to join the group, you can download the application form and return toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the High Weald AONB Partnership, Woodland Enterprise Centre, Hastings Road, Flimwell, East Sussex, TN6 7PR. Note: Signing up to the group will not commit you to applying to Countryside Stewardship or any other grant scheme.


 Map of Upper Rother and Dudwell Farmers Group area and members
 Upper Rother and Dudwell Farmers newsletter December 2016
 Upper Rother Non-native Invasive Species Survey

Video - Presentation on Soil Life - What it is and what it can do for you


Further information on the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund 

The Group has been set up with financial support from the Government’s Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund.