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- 12th Aug 2018Send in your count by the end of August Finished harvest? Do you have 15 minutes to spare? Why not take part in the Big Butterfly Count. Simply download a simple identification sheet from bigbutterflycount.org/idchart and find a sunny spot....Read More...9th Aug 2018Does your village need more affordable housing? The National Park Authority has launched a new grant scheme, using money paid by developers, to deliver more affordable housing in the South Downs. Grants of between £10,000 and £30,000 are available for affordable dwellings constructed on rural exceptions sites (sites that would not ...Read More...17th Jul 2018The deadline for returning Countryside Stewardship Application packs has been extended by one month, Mid-Tier applications should now be with Natural England by 31st August 2018. Find out more at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/application-return-deadline-for-countryside-stewardship-extended...Read More...17th Jul 2018Update: Ash dieback Signs of Ash Die Back have been found in significant areas of the South Downs Foresters and landowners are asked to continue to be vigilant for signs of infection, and to regularly inspect their ash trees. In particular, they should consider any safety concerns from the...Read More...10th May 2018The South Downs National Park Authority has submitted their local plan to the Secretary of State for examination. The Pre-Submission Local Plan consultation was held between 26 September 2017 and 21 November 2017. They received over 2500 comments from 568 respondents. All the comments can be seen on their Local Plan examination page...Read More...23rd Apr 2018The CLA are hosting a meeting on Wednesday 25th April between 3.30pm and 6.00pm at East Tisted Village Hall, Rivendell, Gosport Road, East Tisted, Alton GU34 3QW. Speakers will include CLA Chief Surveyor Andrew Shirley, Alastair Wilson, Partner Rural Consultancy, from BCM and representatives from Esso. This event offers an opportunity for af...Read More...3rd Apr 2018Brighton & Hove City Council are publishing and consulting upon a Draft Charging Schedule (DCS) for their Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), in line with CIL Regulations 2010 (as amended). They are inviting representations on this draft charging schedule. The consultation period is open for 6 weeks between 28 March 2018 and 8 May...Read More...3rd Apr 2018Together with the Soil Association, Defra are holding a workshop to discuss some of the key Government proposals for building a thriving agricultural sector outside of the EU. The event will take place at the Sheepdrove eco conference centre on the 23rd of April 2018. The event will run from 10:00am until 15:30pm. Please l...Read More...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...
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