• NPA Promotes Responsible Dog Walking

      The National Park Authority has recently released a series of videos aimed at promoting responsible dog walking within the National Park. There are three that may be of particular interest to landowners who have issues with dog walkers:

      Main animation           Livestock               Dog mess             Other topics include ground nesting birds and MOD land

      Printed leaflets, window stickers and dog passports are also available to any landowners should they wish to hand them out to people walking on their land


      SDNP Landowner Conference - Turning Land into an Asset: Working together to build more Affordable Homes

      ​Over 100 delegates attended the conference on 3rd February aimed at promoting more affordable homes within the National Park. Speakers set out the need for small scale affordable housing across the National Park and outlined the SDNPA strategy for making it happen. Presentations can be downloaded here: Legal perspective - Ian Graham, Tax issues - Kathryn Mallet, Land Owners Role - Robin Edwards, Rural Housing Needs - Sue Chalkley,  Planning - Tim Slaney, Community Land Trusts - Tom Warder

      South Downs National Park Authority - Farmer and landowner breakfasts 2017

      Many Landowners attended the three meetings which took place in early February across the Park. Presentations and discussions focussed on Countryside Stewardship and land management post Brexit, in addition at the Plumpton and Langrish meetings there was a presentation from the Soil Association.

      Presentations from this and previous years breakfast meetings can be seen by clicking on the appropriate link below:

      2017: Woodlands, CSS Facilitation Fund, SD Farmland Bird Initiative, Countryside Stewardship, Duchy Future Farming Programme 

      2016:  LEADER, Countryside Stewardship, Cluster Groups,  Local PlanPermitted Development

      2015:   Leader     Countryside Stewardship      Shared Identity     Sussex Badger Vaccination Programme


      Digital Connectivity Grant Programme This capital grant scheme will support up to 40% of the cost of superfast connection for groups of businesses not planned for inclusion in either the commercial or publicly-funded rollouts of broadband infrastructure.

      This funding comes from Coast to Capital’s Local Growth Fund under their ‘Growth is Digital’ key project but is being managed by West Sussex County Council.

      To be eligible you must not have current access to superfast broadband services or be included in the planned delivery of the publicly funded roll out by Better Connected, a partnership of West Sussex County Council, BT and BDUK (the government department responsible for broadband delivery). The programme has been developed by Rural West Sussex Partnership, Gatwick Diamond Initiative, Coastal West Sussex Partnership, West Sussex County Council and the South Downs National Park Authority. To find out more follow the link in the title above.


      The Fieldfare , Sussex Downs & Coastal Plain, Central Sussex and WARR Partnerships are now seeking applications from farmers and rural businesses.

      The latest Leader rural development funding is targeted towards increasing farm and forestry productivity, helping small rural businesses and farm diversification. 

      Grants will usually be limited to up to 40% of the total eligible costs of a project. LEADER grant applications must be for at least £2,500 and no more than £50,000. To be successful, applications will need to contribute towards one or more of the national LEADER priorities and projects must also fit with one or more of the Local Action Group's strategic priorities. To find out more, follow the links above or to see a map of leader areas use the following link https://www.gov.uk/guidance/rural-development-programme-for-england-leader-funding#find-more-information

      Free advisory services available to farmers in the Portsmouth area

      The Downs & Harbour Clean Water Partnership has a budget to provide a number of free services to farmers with land near Portsmouth Water drinking water boreholes and or have land adjacent to watercourses. For more information see their website Downs & Harbour Cleanwater Partnership

      Services offered include

      • Nutrient management plans
      • Manure management plans
      • Soil testing/analysis & soil nitrigen analysis
      • Manure / slurry analysis


      The following useful leaflets can be ordered from the Park Authority 

      • South Downs Countryside Code 
      • Responsible dog walker





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