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- 11th Feb 2018George Eustice (Minister of State for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food), announced the launch of the Countryside Productivity Small Grant (CPSG) Scheme last week. A Press Release can be found here. The initial offer is for £15 million of small grants of between £3,000 and £12,000 for a range of equipment and technology...Read More...11th Feb 2018THE time has arrived to dust down your binoculars and start bird watching, as the Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) is back for the fifth consecutive year. Farmers, land managers and gamekeepers are being urged to circle Friday February 9th to Sunday February 18th in their diary for the count, which is run by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trus...Read More...28th Dec 2017Three events will be held: Tuesday 6 February 2018 – Langrish House Hotel, Langrish, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 1RN Wednesday 7 February 2018 – Sussex Rural Business Centre, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE Tuesday 13 February 2018 – South Downs Centre, North Street, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9D...Read More...6th Sep 2017The South Downs Local Plan will set out Planning Policies across the whole Park, replacing the 12 Local Authority Plans, with 96 policies that identify how land can be used and what can be built where. It has taken several years to develop, but is now nearing completion. Prior to submission to the Government's Planning Inspectorate ...Read More...20th Apr 2017The National Park Authority has recently released a series of videos promoting responsible dog walking. There are three which may be of particular interest to landowners: a general one on responsible dog walking, one that focusses particularly on dogs and livestock and another on the importance of picking up dog mess. These can be viewed via ...Read More...21st Feb 2017Over 100 people attended the South Downs National Park Authority Landowner Conference on 3rd February. The title for the conference was 'Turning land into an asset: working together to build more affordable housing'. A summary of the main points arising from the workshop sessions and the next steps: The rural housing en...Read More...21st Feb 2017The South Downs National Park Authority has now adopted its Community Infrastructure Levy Charging Schedule, following examination by the Planning Inspectorate in 2016. The Examiner’s Report is available to view on the SDNPA website . The Charging Schedule shall take effect from 01 April 2017. The Charging Schedul...Read More...27th Jan 2017CEVAS stands for Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme. A nationally recognised accreditation, the scheme offers training for individuals who are working – or plan to work – with groups of school children, young people or clients with additional needs. CEVAS is suitable for a wide range of people, including farm...Read More...27th Jan 2017The National Park Authority and their consultants have worked with foresters and land managers to produce guidance on the stewardship of archaeological features found in the "Secrets of the High Woods" Lidar survey. The survey has found thousands of humps and bumps and identified them to help foresters plan their work, ...Read More...5th Jan 2017The South Downs National Park Authority has launched a new email newsletter, to sign up go to: https://www.southdowns.gov.uk/join-the-newsletter/ Below is a flavour of what the Rangers and Volunteers achieved in 2016 In January they found 528 harvest mice nests during a seven day survey at Selborne. In February they laid more t...Read More...5th Jan 2017The issue of affordable housing was a hot topic during the Whole Estate Plans (WEP) Workshop in October, and we are very aware of the huge pressure placed on both estates and their staff from the issues of finding or providing affordable housing. For this reason we feel this event may be of interest to many of those who are also interested in ...Read More...6th Nov 2016The Secrets of the High Woods project has produced a great deal of new information on the archaeology of the Central and part of the Western area of the South Downs. Much of this is currently only available in technical documents and as GIS data – and needs to be available in an accessible format to add to the understanding of the forest...Read More...6th Nov 2016Arun and Rother Connections Project have been presented with the 'Park Protector Award' at a Parliamentary reception by the Campaign for National Parks. A fitting tribute to the Project with comes to a close in December. Before the ARC project began in 2013, pollution, flooding, invasive species and declining wildlife threatened to r...Read More...18th Sep 2016Thursday 13th October2016 9am - 5pm. Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher KT10 9AJ. Sponsored by the Forestry Commission, the 7th national wood fuel conference is organised by Surrey Hills Enterprises in association with LC Energy, Verdo Renewables and the CLA. The one day conference will offer a valuable opportunity to hear fr...Read More...23rd Aug 2016Defra is offering grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 to projects that help to improve the viability and profile of food businesses and rural tourism. Projects eligible for funding must be in the form of food or drink based attractions and might include trails, festivals, markets or other initiatives to attract visitors at d...Read More...8th Jun 2016Arun and Rother Connections are running two workshops the first on the control of invasive species on Saturday 18th June at RSPB Pulborough Brooks Reserve and the second on Wednesday 6th July at Bignor Park Farm, Nr Pulborough West Sussex. Details on how to book your place can be found on their website at www.arunwesternstreams.org.uk/even...Read More...5th Jun 2016Nominations for the Sussex Food and Drink Awards close on 8th June. Whether you are a business that would like to nominate yourself or a fan of great food and drink go to www.sussexfoodawards.biz to see the categories and make your nominations....Read More...5th Jun 2016The Coast to Capital Region Business Growth Grants Programme has launched and they are inviting expressions of interest from Small and Medium sixed businesses (SME) that are looking to grow and to create new jobs. Applications of Interest (EOI) are open until 12 noon on 30th September or earlier, if the amount of funding available (£2,457,00...Read More...2nd May 2016The Coast to Capital Wood Processing Grant is an initiative to support enterprising timber businesses. The programme provides capital grants to small and medium sized businesses to part-fund projects that create jobs and strengthen and expand the operation of the wood processing industry in the area. Last year seven forestry businesses succes...Read More...
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