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.

Sussex Lund will reopen for new applications in 2022 - now is a great time to start planning your proposed project and application for next year.

For Sussex Lund 2022, we are keen to support projects that improve nature in community green spaces; particularly in urban areas on the fringes of the High Weald

Are you representing a community or parish group?
We are planning two Community Green Space events in late September 2021. These free events will provide ideas, inspiration and guidance for community and parish groups looking to carry out conservation projects in their local area. If you are interested in attending, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Are you a farmer or landowner?
We are now running the new Farming in Protected Landscapes programme and would recommend you submit an enquiry to find out how this grant scheme could support your project - please read more on our dedicated 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?

The deadline for submitting applications for Sussex Lund 2021 has now passed. If you applied this year, the Sussex Lund Grants Panel meets to consider applications in June and we will tell you the Panel’s decision by the end of July. 

How do I apply?

It is essential that all potential applicants contact the High Weald team for informal advice about the suitability of your project and how to submit a strong application that meets the Sussex Lund criteria. Applications for 2021 are now closed, but if you think you may have a project for next year please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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