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- 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...11th Apr 2016The first grant has been awarded by the Fieldfare LEADER Local Action Group to help a farmer improve his visitor accommodation. The project funding will enable Jamie Butler of Whitewool Farm, East Meon, to increase the accommodation offer on the farm and is an example of diversification to ensure the future of the farm. Fieldfare is responsi...Read More...23rd Mar 2016The NFU is hosting a series of workshops next month to guide its farmer members through the complex application process for farm support. The NFU's Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) workshops are running from April 4th until April 8th with events in West Sussex and Hampshire . These workshops will remind farmers of eligibility criteria, highlight&nb...Read More...16th Mar 2016Help shape National Parks for the future. Council for National Parks is running a survey as part of their 80th Anniversary celebrations to find out what people want from National Parks in the future. The survey takes only a few minutes and provides you with the opportunity to put a landowners point of view. The survey can be found at:www.s...Read More...22nd Feb 2016Details of the grant scheme for superfast connectivity for business clusters in West Sussex can be found at http://www.coast2capital.org.uk/helping-business-growth/49-grant-funding/525-digital-connectivity-grant-programme.html#sthash.vw5CZTz4.giuk8gxo.dpbs . The grant is available to estates, business parks and clusters of h...Read More...8th Feb 2016It is time once again for the Big Farmland Bird Count! Organised by the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust this initiative provides invaluable data to chart trends in populations of farmland birds. So if you are farming or managing land and have 30 minutes or so to spare between 6th and 14th February please visit the GWCT website to download a ...Read More...3rd Feb 2016The Forestry Commission's woodland creation grant opens on 16th February to 31st March for initial applications and offers farmers and other land managers up to £6,800 per hectare to plant, weed and protect young trees. www.gov.uk/government/news/countryside-stewardship-grants-soon-to-open-for-applications Also available is a grant towa...Read More...3rd Feb 2016The new hedgerow and boundaries capital grant opened for applications on 1st February and closes on 30th April 2016. It offers up to £5,000 for farmers who want to restore boundary features, such as hedges and stone walls, to protect their local wildlife or landscape. For more information go to www.gov.uk/governement/publications/cou...Read More...24th Jan 2016The Fieldfare Leader is holding a breakfast meeting at the Holiday Inn on Friday 29th January to hear your thoughts about local rural issues and ways that they can use their £1.67m allocation of rural development funding.to book a place go to https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/fieldfare-leader-programme-agm-tickets-20103765905 There i...Read More...24th Jan 2016According to SheepWatch UK 38 sheep have been killed and a further 41 attacked and injured, so far this year. Aiming to reduce the number of dog attacks on sheep, SheepWatch UK is due to be launched on 1st February at Queen Elizabeth Country Park nr Petersfield. Working together with farmers, NFU and the Police, Sheepwatch UK aims to reduce the num...Read More...23rd Dec 2015The South Downs National Park Authority is holding a series on Farmer Landowner breakfasts in January and February. The three events will be held on: Thursday 28th January 2016 at the Sussex Rural business Centre, Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE; Thursday 4th February 2016 - South Downs Centre, North Street, Midh...Read More...
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