High Weald

managing hedge layingSussex Lund, the grant programme of Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing, has been launched for 2017.

The programme supports small-scale, practical projects that improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald.The philanthropists are inviting charities, community groups, schools, churches, councils, farmers, landowners and indeed anyone with a good idea to apply for grants of between £500 and £10,000. 

Sussex Lund is being run as a collaboration between Peter Baldwin and Lisbet Rausing’s charitable fund, Lund Trust, and the High Weald AONB Partnership.

“We encourage anyone who thinks they have a project that will benefit the High Weald’s nationally important landscape to apply to Sussex Lund” said Jason Lavender, Director of the High Weald AONB Partnership. “The programme provides an opportunity to turn good ideas into practical projects that improve our environment and can inspire wider change.”

Successful applications in 2016 have resulted in: improved hedgerow habitats through hedge-laying and planting; more flower-rich grassland through hay-spreading and grazing; reduced light pollution in the area’s historic villages through street lighting improvements; and more attractive and accessible community greenspace. Applications for tree planting and small-scale wetland projects, such as the creation of reed beds and ponds, are being encouraged in 2017.

Applications are welcome from any organisation or individual for projects which demonstrate tangible improvement to the landscape and have a public benefit. The project should take place within the High Weald AONB.

Deadline for applications is Tuesday 2 May 2017.

For inspiration visit  Sussex Giving to see a list of projects supported in 2016.

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Criteria, guidance and application form