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    • First grant notified for farm improvements

      11th Apr 2016
      The 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...

      NFU BPS Workshops

      23rd Mar 2016
      The 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...

      National Park Survey

      16th Mar 2016
      Help 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...

      Superfast broadband

      22nd Feb 2016
        Details 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...

      2016 Big Farmland Bird Count

      8th Feb 2016
      It 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...

      Woodland creation grants

      3rd Feb 2016
      The 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...

      Countryside Stewardship hedgerows and capital boundary grants

      3rd Feb 2016
      The 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...

      Fieldfare Leader

      24th Jan 2016
      The 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...

      Dog Attacks

      24th Jan 2016
      According 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...

      SDNPA Farmer/Landowner breakfasts

      23rd Dec 2015
      The 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...

      Digital connectivity Grant Programme

      3rd Dec 2015
      This capital grant scheme will support superfast connection for groups of businesses not planned for inclusion in either the commercial or publicly-funded rollouts of broadband infrastructure. Business estates or clusters in West Sussex have until 15th January 2016, 17:00 to apply to the new Digital Connectivity Grant Programme which will provide ...Read More...

      Leader Grants

      30th Nov 2015
      Leader grants are being targeted towards increasing farm and forestry productivity, farm diversification and helping small rural businesses. To find out more about LEP and Leader funding opportunities there will be a meeting on 15th January 2016 between 12.00 and 14.00 hrs at the South Downs Centre in Midhurst to book a place contact mark...Read More...

      Countryside Stewardship - words of wisdom from Peter Thompson

      10th Nov 2015
      Many of you will no doubt have your own frustrating stories about the new Countryside Stewardship scheme and all the red tape that that involves.  You may be interested in the following blog from Peter Thompson at the Game Conservancy Following my Blog about all the red tape surrounding the new Countryside Stewardship Scheme (November 5th) an...Read More...

      National Park seeks 2 new Secretary of State Members

      25th Oct 2015
      The application window for Secretary of State Member vacancies on various National Park Authorities, Broads Authorities and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Conservation Boards for 2016 has now opened.  Please see the links to the Cabinet Office website below where details of the vacancies and forms can be accessed.  The applic...Read More...

      Rural Growth Funding - Tourism

      9th Oct 2015
      Funding for rural tourism is available via the Enterprise M3 and Coast to Capital LEPs. EM3 offering grants to invest in new or  in existing visitor attractions https://assets.digital.cabinet-office.gov.uk/media/560ab784e5274a0369000022/call_specification.pdf, whilst Coast 2 Capital is seeking applications from partnerships looking to dev...Read More...

      South Downs Local Plan Consultation

      9th Sep 2015
      Consultation on the South Downs Local Plan Preferred Options is now open and will run until 28th October. To view the documents and submit comments go to https://consult.southdowns.gov.uk/consult.ti/localplanpo/consultationHome...Read More...

      Arun to Adur Farmers Group is launched

      9th Sep 2015
      Following a successful application to the first round of the Countryside Stewardship Facilitation Fund, the newly formed Arun to Adur Famers Group is now up and running.  Consisting of 24 farmers covering some 8299ha, the group spans the chalk downland between the Rivers Arun and Adur.  It is one of 19 successful applications across Engla...Read More...

      SDLM Member wins FWAG Silver Lapwing Award

      9th Jun 2015
      Congratulations to Annie Brown on winning this years FWAG Silver Lapwing Award....Read More...
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