High Weald

Sussex Lund, the grants programme created by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, has allocated £165,000 to 29 projects designed to improve the ecology and landscape of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

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The High Weald AONB Partnership is administering the fund in collaboration with Lund Trust, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin. Successful applicants for this year’s funding round include community groups, town and parish councils, charities, churches and trusts. Each will receive a grant of between £500 and £10,000.

Sussex Lund is designed to support projects that make tangible improvements to the High Weald and can inspire wider change. This year’s successful projects include:

  • Removal of invasive species, such as rhododendron, from small community woodlands;
  • Creation of a new access path and wildflower meadow garden in Ashburnham;
  • Several hedge-laying and restoration projects to create wildlife corridors;
  • Restoration of a natural floodplain at the Sheffield Park Estate;
  • Equipment purchase and training for volunteer groups managing woods and heaths.

Works are already underway and will continue into 2018.

Recognised as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the High Weald is an exceptional medieval landscape with a wealth of wildlife and historic features that provide a strong sense of place, enrich lives and inspire community pride.

A full list of all Sussex Lund 2017 projects can be downloaded below:
pdf Sussex Lund Grant Summary - 2017 (241 KB)

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. For more information on Sussex Lund and the application criteria, please visit our webpage and download the guidance documents.

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to discuss their proposal at an early stage with the High Weald team on 01424 723014 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Sussex Lund
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About Lund Trust:
Lund Trust is a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin - learn more on at http://www.lundtrust.org.uk.