Crowborough’s Pocket Park’s second grant from Sussex Lund

Crowborough Town Council has been awarded £3,900 for the creation of a pond and dipping platform within the new Pocket Park, formerly part of Beacon Community College.

Town Ranger Daniel Colborne said:

Crowborough is very grateful to the Sussex Lund Fund for their generosity.  The grants that they have so far provided have enabled us to install traditional and locally sourced chestnut fencing, and are now enabling us to create a very valuable pond for wildlife.  Ponds are fast disappearing across the country, so this makes this new grant all the more important for our town.

Town Ranger Daniel Colborne (right) with volunteers Tom and Emma (photo taken Feb 2018)

Created by Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, this year Sussex Lund has allocated more than £150,000 to 35 projects designed to improve the ecology and landscape of the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).  Each project will receive a grant of between £500 and £10,000.

Sussex Lund supports projects that make tangible improvements to the High Weald and can inspire wider change.  Since it launched in 2016, Sussex Lund has awarded £540,000 to 100 projects.  Among the other projects to receive funding this year are:

  • Bird boxes for Vane Wood in Groombidge (£423)
  • Equipment to make it easier, and less costly, to transport cattle essential to the grazing, and therefore health, of Ashdown Forest’s heath and the species-rich grassland at Wakehurst Place (£8,000).
  • Resurfacing of 120m of boardwalk in the Rotherfield’s Millennium Green to improve safety (£3,138).
  • Hedgerow planting to screen parked cars from the wider landscape at Groombridge Sports
    Ground (£535).
  • Planting of a 129m hedge along a new boundary close to the Forest Way (£3,520)

Lisbet Rausing, co-founder of Lund Trust, said:

The Sussex Weald has been our family’s home for the last four decades – we love this ancient, small-scale farming landscape.  We are delighted to support good ideas for practical work to make the High Weald even more green and more beautiful, and thus inspire us all to care for it sensitively and gently.

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.

For a list of all Sussex Lund 2018 projects, click here.

Sussex Lund will re-open for new applications in early 2019.  The High Weald AONB Partnership administers the fund in collaboration with Lund Trust.  Potential applicants must discuss their proposal at an early stage with the High Weald team on 01424 723014 or email sussexlund@highweald.org.

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